The Two Oceans Aquarium is constantly working towards the wellbeing of our ocean. Through the conservation and research programmes of the Two Oceans Aquarium Education Foundation, we are able to turn the awareness created at our exhibits into direct action, supported by the public. You can get involved and assist these conservation programmes here.
Every year, dozens of endangered sea turtles become stranded on the Western Cape's coast. With a wide network of public volunteers, many of these distressed turtles can be rescued, rehabilitated at the Aquarium, and eventually returned to the wild.
The Aquarium team works in partnership with the V&A Waterfront to run a successful Marine Wildlife Management Programme to facilitate the harmonious coexistence of humans and wildlife in our city. Teams of monitors are on patrol to help distressed birds, and the Aquarium team is always ready to hop into the water to free Cape fur seals that have become ensnared in discarded fishing gear and plastic pollution.
The Two Oceans Aquarium routinely releases its sharks back into the wild, tagged and monitored to contribute to conservation research, but allowing data to be collected about the movements of these species.
During summer months, ocean sunfish visit Table Bay. They are a common sight in our harbour, and sometimes become confused or trapped by this manmade environment. The Aquarium regularly helps these sunfish return to the open ocean and, if needed, provides them with temporary space inside the Aquarium to heal.