The new large-scale I&J Ocean Exhibit and the new Jelly Gallery opened today, 16 June 2016 at the Two Oceans Aquarium in Cape Town.
Aquarium members were treated to an exclusive preview of the exhibit, which was led by Two Oceans Aquarium CEO Michael Farquhar.
Samantha the African Penguin was there too, wishing all our wonderful young members a brilliant Youth Day.
The opening of this exhibit today is the culmination of two-and-a-half years of challenges and victories.
The exhibit is the first major construction for the Aquarium in nearly 21 years. It holds 1.6 million litres of seawater, is 6m deep, and is the first of its kind in South Africa to boast a full 10m-long tunnel.
The exhibit’s main viewing window is a continuous 9m-wide panel, which is 4m high and weighs 22 tonnes.
Inside, you’ll see yellowfin tuna (a sight denied all but the most dedicated game fishermen), striped bonito, spotted grunter, rays, green turtles, kob, rockcod and many more …
Today we also opened a display dedicated to jellies. The creative use of the room is hypnotic …
And a few surprises – look closely – are bound to mesmerise young and old.
The I&J Ocean Exhibit and Jelly Gallery are now open for all to see.
And, if you're wondering what it took to move the fish from the predator exhibit to the new I&J Ocean Exhibit, here's a great video showcasing just that: