In addition to our many inspiring exhibits, we are also involved in a number of conservation and research programmes. These are supported by sponsorships, and donations from the public.
We tag and release ragged-tooth sharks every two years. We are one of the few facilities in the world that releases its animals back into the wild, and the data returned helps us learn more about the species. We also assist with research on sevengill sharks.
We've devised a successful method to cut fishing lines from the necks of seals lying on the decks outside the Aquarium. Seals are often entangled in strapping bands used for packaging. This causes strangulation and ultimately death.
During summer, we receive a lot of calls about slender sunfish washing up on Cape Town's beaches. While we are unable to assist cases outside the Waterfront, we have rescued a few sunfish from dry dock over the years.
Rehabilitation and some TLC has enabled the Aquarium to tag and release a number of turtles in warmer waters further off the coast.
There has always been good collaboration between aquariums globally.
From the day the foundations of the Two Oceans Aquarium were laid, to the present, we have received tremendous support from international aquariums. We, in turn, have assisted many aquariums around the world with the exchange of ideas and/or the supply of animals.
We have established close associations with Tokyo Sealife Park, Japan; Underwater World, Singapore; Ocean Park, Hong Kong; The Scientific Centre, Kuwait; Valencia Aquarium, Spain; Lisbon Aquarium, Portugal; Zoo-Aquarium Berlin, Germany; Pittsburg Zoo and Aquarium, USA; Newport Aquarium, USA and Monterey Bay Aquarium, USA.
We are also involved in the international aquarium community through our presence, and often presentation of papers, at conferences in our field.
In 2012 we hosted the 8th International Aquarium Congress.