At the Two Oceans Aquarium, we believe that a "close encounter" is when you become so close to an animal, that a connection is formed - one where you can experience a little bit of what it is like to be that animal, live in its alien ocean world and can learn to empathise with it and its fellow sea creatures. Here in Cape Town, we offer you the opportunity to experience close encounters of the animal kind - there is no better way to surround yourself with the wonder and mystery of South Africa's underwater world.
The ultimate ocean alien, jellies have a lesson to share with us all about how little we actually know about the ocean, how fragile it is. Be enchanted by their enigmatic pulses in the Jelly Gallery.
Ragged-tooth sharks have a lesson to share about being misunderstood. Scarred, but gorgeous. Fierce, but gentle. Get close to the sharks of the Predator Exhibit, join them for feeding time, and be daring enough to scuba dive with them.
If there's a lesson to be learnt from a close encounter with a sea turtle, it is that even with armour, these creatures are still fragile. But they also have a lesson to teach about resilience. Learn the epic survival stories of our rescued turtles, and meet these ocean ambassadors in your own Ocean Experience.
Encounter the little things
The tiny crustaceans and slimy seaweeds of the Touch Pool offer the ultimate hands-on close encounter - one where you'll discover what it takes to survive on our harsh coasts, and how these animals can benefit humans too.
Encounter the open ocean
Encountering the ecosystem of the I&J Ocean Exhibit is to take a step into total tranquillity. Watch the rays of sunlight flicker off the backs of actual rays, watch the fish glide gracefully, and see the tiniest animals coexist with the largest. If there is a lesson to be learnt from the open ocean, it is that beauty can come from chaos.