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Marine fish

Western clownfish (anemonefish) Amphiprion ocellaris

These fish live in a mutually symbiotic partnership with anemones. While most fish avoid anemones because of the stinging cells in their tentacles, the clownfish is coated with protective mucus, which enables it to swim freely in… Read more

Freshwater fish

Common carp (alien) Cyprinus carpio

Naturally occurring in Central Asia and parts of Europe, common carp are now found in many parts of the world.  Like most other alien species, they are hardy and can tolerate a wide range of conditions, thriving in dams and large… Read more

Reptiles

Green sea turtle Chelonia mydas

Green turtles are so named because the fat layer underneath the carapace (shell) is green! The external colour of these turtles ranges from a very dark brown to a light brown mottled colour. Green turtles and loggerhead turtles… Read more

Amphibians

Western leopard toad Amietophrynus pantherinus

The Western leopard toad uses camouflage to blend into its environment and hide from predators. The Western Cape is the only place in the world where you will find Western leopard toads. They live in natural vegetation, on… Read more

Marine invertebrates

Peacock mantis shrimp Odontodactylus scyllarus

Mantis shrimps are so named because they resemble praying mantises. They live in burrows or in rock and coral reef crevices and aggressively defend their territories against intruders. Mantis shrimps are highly specialised… Read more

Birds

Rockhopper penguin Eudyptes chrysocome

Meet our rockhopper penguins Rockhopper penguins are the smallest of the crested penguin species. They live on rocky, inaccessible coasts. Due to their incredible jumping ability, they are recognised as “mountaineers”… Read more

Microscopic life

Plankton

Life depends on plankton. Plankton is made up of microscopic plants (phytoplankton) and animals (zooplankton). Zooplankton feed on phytoplankton and drift with the currents. Plankton are very important in the marine food chain.… Read more