Internship at theTwo Oceans Aquarium in Cape Town, South Africa

ImageTwo 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.

 ImageNemos, or anemonefish, are undoubtedly what each kid wants to see in the aquarium. 

ImageIt is possible to dive in the kelp and predator tanks in the aquarium

ImageMichelle 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.

ImageKnysna seahorses are the most endangered ones among all the seahorses of the world

ImageEach day all the food has two be prepared with the focus on nutritional value and individual dietary requirements of all the animals.

ImageRockhopper penguin Eudyptes chrysocome

ImageYoung Biologist course at the aquarium. One of many educational initiatives there.

ImagePierre De Villeirs feeding fish in the kelp tank.

ImageGen Rochecouste doing a great job volunteering at the Aquarium

ImageMichelle giving a tour to the future Young Biologists

ImageMe waitering for the fish

ImageTube-dwelling anemones, Ceriantharia


ImageThe roof of the aquarium.

ImageThe azaming saint Joseph shark or Cape Elephantfish, Callorhinchus capensis


ImageRagged-tooth female shark.  Carcharias taurus

ImageShort tailed sting ray, Dasyatis brevicaudata

ImageJouvenile loggerhead turtle, Caretta caretta

ImageThe classroom for the youngest.

ImageMichelle’s culture lab.

ImageNicholas Nicolle, an ichtiologist, teaching volunteers about individual dietary requirements of the fish.

ImageEntrance to the Two Oceans Aquarium. 

ImageFrogfishes, family Antennariidae, are a type of anglerfish in the order Lophiiformes. 


ImagePilchards that are used to fed the bigger fish in the aquarium. 

Image View from the top of the building.



About Zofia Drapella

I always seek adventures, but want them to be meaningful (usually related to science, marine biology, teaching). I so often find myself in the most amazing circumstances and incredible places with inspiring people. I genuinely consider myself to be the luckiest person in the world... I love nature, oceans, mountains, jungles. I try my best to capture what I have the privilege to see/experience and share it with others.
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