A good site for information on birds and the conservation efforts surrounding certain bird species: www.uct.ac.za/depts/fitzpatrick/docs/seabird.html.
For information on the status of various marine species and regulations governing their usage, refer to www.deat.gov.za.
For information on the whales visiting our shores and SANCCOB and their conservation endeavours visit www.cape-whaleroute.co.za.
The Pan African Association of Zoological Gardens Aquaria and Botanic Gardens: www.paazab.com.
We have a range of scientifically sound documents relating to specific topics. Click to download.
- Erosion & Siltation (936.62 KB) The crash of waves on rocks and the swish of breakers swirling up sandy beaches are the dynamic agents of erosion and siltation that shape our coastline.
- El Niño (574.48 KB) El Niño is a disruption of the ocean-atmosphere system in the tropical Pacific that has important consequences for global weather patterns.
- Maputaland Coast (895.40 KB) The remote and beautiful Maputaland coast lies between Lake St Lucia and the South African border with Mozambique. Well known holiday destinations such as Cape Vidal, Sodwana Bay and Kosi Bay all fall within this coastal region.
- Dwesa & Cwebe Nature Reserves (1.07 MB) The gentle hills and forest-fringed shorelines of the Dwesa/Cwebe nature reserves reveal nothing of the complex and emotive land struggle that took place in this region of the Wild Coast during the 1990s.
- Safety at Sea (392.70 KB) Every year the sea claims the lives of many folk and can turn a holiday treat, a boating adventure or a fishing trip into a tragedy.
- Abalone (2.86 MB) The abalone, or perlemoen as it is known in South Africa, is a sea snail. Rather than having a spiral, snail-like shell, however, the abalone has a flattened, ear-shaped shell with a very wide opening and a row of holes through which water escapes after aerating the gills.
- Eels (2.85 MB) Eels are long-bodied, snake-like fishes that are usually scaleless and lack pelvic fins. The saying ‘as slippery as an eel’ refers to the copious supply of mucus that covers the body and makes them very difficult to grasp.
- Turtles (283.88 KB) Sea turtles are some of the most ancient reptiles still alive today and have been around for over 200 million years.
- Cormorants (1.05 MB) Cormorants are predominantly black birds with slender bodies, short legs and webbed feet. Four species are encountered along the coast of South Africa.
- Dugong (1.21 MB) The Dugong is one of Africa’s most endangered large mammals and is vulnerable to extinction.
- Algae (654.03 KB) The brown algae include some of the largest and most complex seaweeds: the kelps, wracks and sargassums.
We've used the following books as references for signage information at the Aquarium.