Happy PADI Women's Day!
Today is PADI Women’s Day – a day celebrating women in diving. We chatted with Tersia Greenstone, our PADI Dive School Coordinator, about scuba diving at the Two Oceans Aquarium!
Trash Bash Recap: Small steps to big change!
Over the weekend, while rugby and tennis dominated our screens, ocean-minded members of the Aquarium community gathered at Trash Bash to make a difference for the ocean!
Time for a tidal pool treasure hunt!
Discover the natural treasures of Dalebrook, and learn about the diversity on our doorstep! On Saturday 5 August 2023, we are hosting an exciting Treasure Hunt from 10h30 to 12h00 at Dalebrook Tidal Pool, part of the Table Mountain National Park MPA. We won’t be searching for gold but for colourful anemones, split-fan kelp, spiky urchins, tiny sea stars, the odd octopus, and much more!
7 cool anemone facts you may not know!
Besides being absolutely beautiful to look at, sea anemones are fascinating creatures that offer so much to our ocean and marine life. Check out these 7 facts you may not know about anemones.
Kai's new bling!
Kai, a juvenile loggerhead turtle undergoing rehabilitation in the I&J Ocean Exhibit, has recently acquired a specially-designed weight to help him balance.
Meet the Mantis Shrimp
The mantis shrimp has one of the most flamboyant appearances of all the animals in the Aquarium. At the Two Oceans Aquarium, our mantis shrimp lives in the Diversity Gallery – visit it and be amazed at its beautiful colours!
Deep Dive with Xolela Mpetsheni: A unique and inspiring dive journey
Learn all about how Two Oceans Aquarium Aquarist, Xolela Mpetsheni, began his dive journey and what brought him to where he is now.
Become an Aquarium volunteer
You've been waiting patiently, but we're very pleased to announce that applications are open for new Two Oceans Aquarium volunteers - you just need to complete a short training programme! Our volunteers are people who love the ocean and offer up some of their free time to help us spread the love of the ocean and its inhabitants. You don't need any prior experience or qualifications to become a volunteer, so this is the perfect opportunity for people who want a taste of what their future career in marine science may hold, or who already have a career in an unrelated field and simply want a hobby that keeps them in touch with the ocean. Young or old - all are welcome.
What are Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) and why do they matter?
Did you know that South Africa is the first country to have a dedicated Marine Protected Areas Day? On 1 August, South Africans celebrate a day dedicated to the conservation of critical ocean areas which allow marine life to thrive, reproduce and grow. South African has 42 Marine Protected Areas (MPAs), all of which protect crucial habitats for our diverse, unique and commercially important ocean species! On land, South Africa protects 7.8% of our area, whereas in the ocean, it’s only 5% of our territory.
How to enjoy your local MPAs
Marine Protected Areas are chosen for their unique biodiversity, heritage significance, and importance to maintaining the biosphere. These places are bursting with marine life and are incredibly valuable for our planet's health. Here are four ways that you can enjoy and make the most of your local MPA!
Aquarium animals and the MPAs they call home
There are various iconic Aquarium species that rely on, and inhabit Marine Protected Areas in South Africa. Let's take a look at a few!
Tracking our Turtles: Turtle travels!
Our tribe of travelling turtles have made incredible progress in the short time since our last update. Bob, Pan, Turbo, and Litchi have racked up an impressive 23 900km between them! Let's hear more from Talitha Noble, Conservation Manager at the Two Oceans Aquarium Foundation's Turtle Conservation Centre.