We’ve had an incredible year and we’d be remiss if we didn't look back at some of the highlights of the last four months before we say “so long, and thanks for all the fish” to 2017!
As a visitor, perhaps you’ve been lucky enough to witness the awesome march of our rockhopper penguins, to come face to face with some of the giants that call the Two Oceans Aquarium home, or to marvel at a few fish that seriously suck. But you may not be aware of everything that goes on behind the scenes – we’re always working at full tilt, educating, inspiring, rehabilitating …
A quick glance at the past four months shows how every arm of our organisation endeavours to make a real difference, big or small, for the people of South Africa and their oceans and coasts. That is why an entrance ticket or an annual membership, or even a small online donation, to the Aquarium counts for so much more than simply a visit with the fish.
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- From August to November this year, 121 007 adults and children experienced our underwater world.
- We disentangled 29 injured seals in and around the V&A Waterfront harbour.
- A combination of extraordinary skill and strength saw the V&A Waterfront’s very first flying sunfish in August!
- New and existing volunteers – those people who make your visit to the Aquarium all the more informative – received 108 hours of training to improve their service to you over the last four months.
- Five newly graduated commercial divers joined the team for a brilliant work-integrated learning project supported by the National Skills Fund and Operation Phakisa.
- 30 283 school children received formal Marine Science lessons here at the Aquarium, and a further 21 869 children were reached off-site through our Outreach education programmes.
- International Coastal Cleanup Day in September was an awesome success, with 250 supporters showing up and picking up – were you there?
- We’ve managed to reduce our total waste production by 35% this year – living up to the standards required of us by the Heritage Environmental Rating Programme.
- Thanks to a spiffy donation of 10 EcoTanks, we added 15 000 litres of rain water-holding capacity to our building. When it comes to saving water, Capetonians know that it’s time to go to extremes.
- We love penguins, they love penguins… It makes perfect sense that we would continue our support of the Southern African Foundation for the Conservation of Coastal Birds (SANCCOB) by adopting 40 rescued penguins (and no, they won't be moving in at the Aquarium).
- And finally, this year we said goodbye to one of our closest friends. Yoshi the loggerhead turtle was released, along with 27 loggerhead hatchlings, on 16 December 2017. Saying goodbye to Yoshi was a momentous, bittersweet, emotional event; one that is not easy to put into words.
- Thanks to the incredible work being done by our turtle rehab-and-release facility, and thanks to the generous support of the public, we are able to continue this life-saving work.
Turtally worth it.