The I&J Ocean Exhibit houses rays, striped bonito, turtles, a giant guitarfish and much more.
A window on the ocean
The new I&J Ocean Exhibit is the first major construction for the Aquarium in nearly 21 years. The exhibit holds 1.6 million litres of seawater at a temperature of between 20 and 24 degrees Celsius. The depth of the exhibit stands at 6 metres. It is the first exhibit of its kind in South Africa to boast a full 10-metre long tunnel. The exhibit’s main viewing window is a continuous 9 metre-wide panel, which is 4 metres high and weighs 22 tonnes.
Before you arrive at the exhibit, you will walk through the Jelly Gallery, which houses various jelly species in a novel and mesmerising way.
The exhibit is named the I&J Ocean Exhibit in recognition of I&J’s long-standing commitment to the Two Oceans Aquarium. As a founder partner, I&J has a long history with the Aquarium. The fishing company was the driver in attaining the stringent sustainability Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certification for the industry in 2004, and has played a key partnership role with the Aquarium since its opening in 1995.
“We have partnered with the Aquarium because our vision for the ocean is very much in line with that of the Aquarium’s – we are committed to ensuring sustainability of both the ocean and its bounty, for generations to come. We look forward to the opening of the new I&J Ocean Exhibit and being part of the Two Oceans Aquarium’s new era,” said I&J Managing Director Jonty Jankovich-Besan.