Two ragged-tooth female sharks
Meantime in the Aquarium, the kindest, nicest and coolest people are working hard to keep the fish happy and healthy.
I am deeply grateful to them for offering me a chance to observe the behind the scenes of the aquarist job. I get to assist in veterinary studies, shark behaviour research and daily chores ‘on the other side of the glass’.
The aquarium as an institution, the people involved with it and the educational value they created are all incredibly successful. They are rising awareness through various courses such as the Young Biologist course. It is a pleasure to observe youth being so excited about learning. Something we somewhat lost in the evolution of our education system.
The Two Oceans aquarium also has got a bus with little tanks that takes the knowledge to kids in the impoverished areas and allows kids to touch the animals and learn about the importance of oceans.
I could write for ages about how amazing this place is. But let the images speak through themselves.
Nemos, or anemonefish, are undoubtedly what each kid wants to see in the aquarium.
It is possible to dive in the kelp and predator tanks in the aquarium
Michelle Kirshenbaum in the culture lab. Michelle makes sure that the rotifers, artemia and nannochloropsis cultures are doing just fine. This is crucial for the aquarium as it is food for many organisms living there.
Knysna seahorses are the most endangered ones among all the seahorses of the world
Each day all the food has two be prepared with the focus on nutritional value and individual dietary requirements of all the animals.
Rockhopper penguin Eudyptes chrysocome
Young Biologist course at the aquarium. One of many educational initiatives there.
Pierre De Villeirs feeding fish in the kelp tank.
Gen Rochecouste doing a great job volunteering at the Aquarium
Michelle giving a tour to the future Young Biologists
Me waitering for the fish
Tube-dwelling anemones, Ceriantharia
The roof of the aquarium.
The azaming saint Joseph shark or Cape Elephantfish, Callorhinchus capensis
Ragged-tooth female shark. Carcharias taurus
Short tailed sting ray, Dasyatis brevicaudata
Jouvenile loggerhead turtle, Caretta caretta
The classroom for the youngest.
Michelle’s culture lab.
Nicholas Nicolle, an ichtiologist, teaching volunteers about individual dietary requirements of the fish.
Entrance to the Two Oceans Aquarium.
Frogfishes, family Antennariidae, are a type of anglerfish in the order Lophiiformes.
Pilchards that are used to fed the bigger fish in the aquarium.
View from the top of the building.