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Hammerhead Sharks relocated

hammerhead2 smallOn the 8th May 2013 eight young Scalloped Hammerhead sharks (Sphyrna Lewini) were introduced into a controlled area in the Point Waterfront Canal where they were to remain until such time as they were large enough to be introduced to the uShaka Reef Predator Exhibit.

 

Themba - The Chameleon

Themba 141x105Less than 2 % of all Flap neck chameleons survive to adulthood – let’s do what we can to increase this number as they play a vital role in the natural web of life. • Brake for chameleons crossing roads • Limit the use of chemical sprays in your gardens • Don’t pick up chameleons unless you are sure they are in trouble.

 

67 Minutes with uShaka Marine World

mandela eventsimageOver 100 uShaka Marine World staff turned up at Sydenham’s St Theresa’s Orphanage to celebrate Madiba Day!

 

Mandela Day - 18 July 2014

Plastic pollution smallwebWhy not spend your Mandela 67 minutes helping marine creatures by cleaning up their home.

 

Selso's Diary

selso diary tmbKeep up to date with the story of Selso The Seal, as he swims the oceans after beig rehabilitated at uShaka Sea World.






 

Selso Cruises Home

selso cruise gwdSelso is a young 22-month old Southern Elephant Seal that underwent rehabilitation at uShaka Sea World in Durban, after being stranded in June of last year on a beach in KwaZulu Natal. 

 

Where In The Ocean Is Gru?

gru webstoryGru, an adult Sub-Antarctic fur seal was brought into uShaka Sea World on Saturday 26th April by staff from Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife after stranding on a beach between Banana Beach and Hibberdene on the lower South Coast.

 

Digit And Dumpling

penguins webDumpling and Digit are spending their last few days at uShaka Sea World as they prepare for their flight home.

 

Penguin Promises! (23rd - 28th May)

ush_penguin_releaseWe don't want your money honey, we want your love! Penguin promises is "Waddling for a Week" to raise awareness for the plight of the African Penguin. They hope to inspire social change in human behaviour which will ultimately assist in the recovery of African Penguin numbers.

 

Baby Elephant Seal

baby elephant sealOver the weekend a young southern Elephant Seal (Mirounga leanina) washed up on the beach at Southbroom, severely underweight and thousands of kilometres from home.

 

International Day for Biological Diversity – 22nd May 2014

biofish smlAround 700 million people visit a Zoo or Aquarium annually – just imagine the impact if each of these people incorporated changes in their lifestyles which supported biodiversity.

 

Wasabi arrives at uShaka Marine World's Sea World

In 1996 a young 300g Green turtle found herself stranded on the beach in Muizenburg in the Cape – a very long way from home.

 

Helping children fulfill their dreams

Reach For A Dream fulfils the dreams of children between the ages of 3 and 18 who have been diagnosed as having a life-threatening illness by a medical practitioner.

 

Rescuing our ocean’s animals!

A crucial element of uShaka Marine World is the rescuing and rehabilitation of our oceans animals at Sea World.

 

New Year Pups

129 resized 2Five beautiful, thorntail stingray pups were born in our large open ocean exhibit during the early hours of the New Year. The staff have been trying to predict when this would happen once they had noticed that the mother was pregnant approximately three months ago.

 

Outreach to disadvantaged communities

uShaka Marine World bring children to the sea life and the sea life to the children. With the help of sponsorship from NPC CIMPOR, uShaka Marine World help disadvantaged schools learn about our oceans animals.

 

Children from the KZN Society for the Blind visit Sea World

PenguinOn Friday, 12th August 2011, nine very enthusiastic pre- school children from the KZN Society for the Blind and their fellow care-givers visited uShaka Marine World on a sponsored educational excursion. The children had spent the entire term learning about animals and their educators felt that it is time for them to visit Sea World for an up close and personal experience with some of the creatures found at Sea World.

 

New Sea World Projects

uSH new animal attractionsThe Sea World team has been busy – with a whole range of exciting new exhibits and shows launched in time for season.

 

Sea World launches the EcoHouse

EcoHouse tmb2The amazing animals at uShaka Sea World inspire us to love and care of our environment – but simply caring for animals is not enough – we need to know how to take action to slow the climate crisis

 

Earth Hour 2012

Earth Hr 1012 tmb1On Saturday 31st March the world is celebrating Earth Hour between 8:30 and 9:30 pm. South Africans will again join over a 135 other countries by switching off their lights for this hour. It has become a great excuse to get together with family and friends.

 

Penguin Promises!

ush_penguin_releaseWe don't want your money honey, we want your love! “Penguin Promises” encourages people to make a promise to the penguins – something you can change about your environmental behaviour that will positively impact the endangered African Penguin.

 

International Day for Biological Diversity (22nd May)

Int Bio Day 2012 tmbIt’s really easy for the lucky people living on the East Coast of Southern Africa to celebrate Biological Diversity – especially those lucky enough to be living along the KwaZulu Natal coastline

 

 

International Turtle Day (23rd May)

Int turtle day tmbuShaka Sea World is celebrating International Turtle Day on the 23rd May and invite you to join them.  Turtles have been around for over 200 million years and are symbols of our natural heritage sitting firmly in the middle of the food web.

 

St. Giles 60th Anniversary (28th May)

StGiles tmbSt Giles, which is situated on the border of uShaka Marine World, has been offering service and support to the handicapped of Durban since 1952.

 

Sea World achieves PAAZAB Accreditation

Pazaab tmbEarlier this month uShaka Sea World was once again awarded accreditation status by the African Association of Zoos and Aquariums (PAAZAB).

 

The Oceanographic Research Institute

ORI tmbSometimes you might see the scientists getting ready to go on a field trip with cylinders, boxes, jars, and boats and other times they go on a field trip with nothing but a laptop and a camera.

 

Science Week

Science week tmb

Grade 9 learners from 17 schools in the EThekwini Metro are being hosted this week by the uShaka NPC Sea World Education Centre.

 

Open Wide

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Dr Gerhard Steenkamp, a veterinary dental specialist, visited the uShaka Sea World dolphins and seals on Friday 17th August 2012.

 

14 Turtles Fly to Durban

14Turtes tmbJust after 17:00 on the 30th August 2012 14 little Loggerhead Turtles (Caretta caretta ) landed safely at King Shaka Airport. They were flown by British Airways from Two Oceans Aquarium in Cape Town to Durban.

 

Living Legends

Living legends tmbOn Saturday 8th September uShaka Marine World hosted a number of the 2012 eThekwini Living Legends Awardees..

 

International Beach Clean-up Day

beach cleanup tmbIt was clear from the moment the sun started to labouriously make its way through the grey mass of clouds on Saturday morning that our chances of attracting hundreds of volunteers for the 21st International Beach Clean-up were very slim.

 

Turtle Rehabilitation Centre

turtle rehab tmb v2Each year uShaka Sea World receives young turtles that have been being found washed up on the beach or stranded in rock pools.

 

Sea World Celebrates National Marine Week 2012

National Marine tmbOn Monday 8th October uShaka Marine World is hosting the National Launch of Marine Week. The week 8th – 12th October is dedicated to promoting awareness for the need to protect and conserve the marine environment.

 

10 Little Loggerheads Head Out To Sea

turtle release tmbEarly on Friday morning 18th January 2013 staff from uShaka Sea World, a cameraman from Yo Tv and a journalist and photographer from the Mercury headed 6 nautical miles out to sea off Durban’s Beachfront in a rubber duck with 10 young Loggerhead turtles on board.

 

Oscar the Water Monitor

oscar tmbA blog by Herpetologist Lesley Labuschagne.

 

Happy 41st Birthday Gambit

Gambit 41st tmb

uShaka Sea World is proud to announce the celebration of Gambit’s 41st year.

 

uShaka Sea World Hosts International Veterinarians

vetstudentsNatassia Bacco, who qualified at Pentificial Catholic University in Brazil and final year Tennessee University Veterinary student, Kim Lucy, are spending the month of February 2013 at uShaka Sea World.

 

For The Love Of Frogs

valentines frog 2Staff at the Dangerous Creatures Exhibit in the uShaka Village have extended an invitation to guests on Valentine’s day to come and meet their frogs of love – the Giant Bullfrogs.

 

Kaluah the Green Turtle gets a Second Chance

TurtlesA Green turtle who became known as Kaluah was found about 2km's offshore from Umgeni on the 4th November 2010. Not only was she trapped in netting she had a very deep large wound on her plastron (shell) as well as on her left back flipper..

 

Earth Hour 2013

earth hour 2013At 8:30pm on Saturday, 23 March 2013 we’re uniting with millions of people around the globe while switching off our lights for Earth Hour.

 

Easter 2013 - A Conservation Message

Easter 2013 tmbEaster is all about mouth-watering chocolate delights wrapped up in colourful wrappers. Everyone loves Easter and all the joy and happiness associated with this special time of year.

 

New Turtle In Rehabilitation Centre

siyabonga turtleOn the 12th June 2013 a beautiful mature adult Hawksbill turtle arrived at uShaka Marine World for treatment.

 

Young Penguin Found Resting on KZN Beach

TurtleOn Tuesday 7th June a young penguin found itself in trouble and came out of the ocean to rest on a beach just north of Stanger. Sea World was contacted by residents of a local caravan park and drove up to fetch the young penguin.

 

Two African Penguins in Sea World’s Hospital Facility

PenguinBetween the 1st and 9th of July 2011 two stranded penguins found their way to the uShaka Sea World's Rehabilitation Centre.

 

Cownose Rays Moved To Turtle Lagoon

cownose rays smlThe eight Cownose rays which were introduced into the Rocky Reef exhibit in April 2013 have been moved to the Turtle Exhibit in the  Aquarium at uShaka Sea World.

 

Jimmy - The Bowmouth Guitarfish

Jimmy 2 rwIntroducing Jimmy, the 2.18m Bowmouth Guitarfish! Our newest arrival to the Aquarium, being introduced to the Open Ocean Exhibit on the 28th March 2014.

 

Wasabi Update!

A while ago we told you all about our little jet setter, Wasabi, a young Green turtle who was rescued from Muizenberg Beach in Cape Town, and made quite an entrance, by plane no less!

 

A Dolphin Calf is Saved

At dawn on Friday morning (31st December) a newborn bottlenose dolphin was saved and returned to the wild after a holidaymaker in Herolds Bay found it trapped between the rocks metres offshore.

 

uShaka Sea World Releases Leatherback Turtle

leatherback turtle smluShaka Sea World receives approximately 15 – 20 stranded juvenile Loggerhead turtles from the Cape each year.

 

International African Penguin Day 2 October 2010

Our little furry friends are in trouble, as their numbers are declining rapidly! In 2000 there were roughly 200 000 African Penguins, and by 2010 their numbers had decreased by 90%, leaving only 21 000 breeding pairs in the wild.

 

25th International Beach Clean Up

uShaka Staff participated in the 25th International Beach Clean Up on Saturday 18th September. Here are some results...

 

Minion the Sub-Antarctic Seal Dives Back Into The Ocean

minionrelease smlAfter seven months in Rehab, Minion, a young Sub-Antarctic Fur Seal returned to the ocean just before sunrise on the 2nd May 2014. 

 

Meeting the Ultimate Marine Survivor

TurtleIf you make your way to the Treasure Chest in the Aquarium you will meet and perhaps touch an ultimate survivor – ask one of the staff members on duty for them by name and then see if you are brave enough to connect with a living fossil.

 

Lekker penguin

News from the Penguin Rookery...

Two weeks ago, two baby chicks hatched to parents Daiquiri and Ariel (Male and Female) who, although being good parents, were clearly only capable of raising one chick...

 

Shake Hands with the Ultimate Marine Survivor

PenguinMeet and shake hands with uShaka Marine World's Sleepy, Dopey, Happy, Grumpy and Sneezy – threatened blue blooded horseshoe crabs who recently arrived in Durban from Indonesia to make uShaka Sea World their new home.

 

Go Well Raphael II (20th April 2011)

It was a special morning for both Mea Trenor (Sea World) and young Raphael II, a small Loggerhead turtle (Caretta caretta) who became a celebrity when he was brought into Sea World weighing less than 40 grams just over a year ago.

 

Easter Penguin Surprise!

It's not only chocolate that comes out of eggs around Easter Time – look what popped out of the eggs at uShaka Sea World.

 

World Wetlands Day - 2nd February 2011

Each year in February we celebrate our wetlands.

 

Meet Bowie, the Bowmouth Guitarfish

On the morning of 23rd February 2011, the Sea World Aquarium staff introduced a Bowmouth Guitarfish into the Open Ocean exhibit.

 

uShaka Marine World hoping for a World First

uSH events button raggieWorking together with wildlife documentary company Earth Touch, who are hoping to capture the birth of Ragged tooth shark pups on film we will claim another World First.

 

19 Little Loggerheads Head Out To Sea

On Thursday morning (28th October) a team of aquarists from uShaka Sea World and Two Oceans Aquarium headed 10 nautical miles out to sea off Durban into the Agulhas Currant with 19 young turtles on board.

 

Visit Napoleon at Sea World

Napoleon thbIn July 2011 staff members from KZN Wildlife brought an adult Green Turtle to the Rehabilitation facility at uShaka Sea World after he had been found stranded in a severely compromised condition on the beach just north of Sodwana Bay.

 

Baby Gaboon Adders

Baby Gaboon tmbWhen the Dangerous Creatures staff arrived at work on the 15th February there were 3 little surprises waiting for them and 2 more to come.

 

Thorntail Rays join Sea World family

thorntail ray tmbThis morning three Thorntail rays were introduced to the Open Ocean exhibit after spending just over three weeks in Quarantine.

 

Thorntail Ray Pups

Thorntail pups tmbOn Sunday 6th May 2012 uShaka Sea World staff were unaware of the wonderful surprise that was awaiting them when they arrived at work.   One of the Thorntail rays in the Open Ocean Exhibit had given birth to two healthy pups just after 5am.

 

India Heads Back to Sea

TurtleA young Hawksbill turtle was brought into Sea World on the 19th October last year after being found by KZN Wildlife staff member, Mary Peters on the beach at Kosi bay.

 

Two Baby Penguins born in Sea world

Baby Penguins tmbPenguins Ocean and Miracle who were both born at uShaka Marine World are now the proud parents of two tiny chicks.   Little Kola hatched on Monday 14th May after a lot of hard work and then just over 24 hours later little Kelp arrived.

 

Dee Celebrates her 32nd Birthday

Dee birthday tmbOn Tuesday 19th June 2012  uShaka Sea World’s oldest Penguin, Dee is celebrating her 32nd Birthday.

 

Butternut the Bearded Dragon

National Marine tmbCome meet our new little animal ambassador Butternut the Bearded Dragon. She is a year and a half old and we adopted her from the Lazy Lizard reptile rescue centre. She is already making appearances in uShaka Kids World for animal meet and greet sessions.

 

Khethiwe Reaches for a Dream

Saturday 19th February 2011 was a big day for both little Khethiwe and Shannon Matcher. For Shannon, meeting a dolphin was something she had hoped for and dreamt about. For little Khethiwe it was a big moment as she had never interacted with a member of public before.

 

New arrival in Sea World’s Quarantine Facility

On the 2nd of March 2011 a tiny hatchling was handed over to Sea World animal care staff by members of Calypso Diving.

 

Thorntail Pups from Ocean to Ocean

Thorntail Pups tmbOn Saturday morning (26th January 2013) visitors to uShaka Sea World watched one of the resident Thorntail rays in the Open Ocean Exhibit give birth to four precious little pups.

 

uShaka Celebrates Another First Birth Of A Ragged Tooth Shark

ragged pup tmbOn Saturday 9th March 2013 one of the uShaka Sea World Education Centre staff stopped midsentence whilst in conversation with guests in the Aquarium as she noticed one of the female Ragged Tooth Sharks (Carcharias taurus) emitting a milky coloured substance into the Large Shark Exhibit.

 

Cownose Rays On Exhibit At uShaka Marine World

cownose raySix Cownose rays have been given the green light and will be introduced into the Rocky Reef Exhibit at uShaka Sea World during the third week of April 2013

 

Storm - Ushaka Marine World's Baby Raggie

raggie swimminguShaka Marine World’s Baby Raggie, which we named Storm as she was born in the middle of a powerful thunderstorm on Saturday 9th March 2013, moved back into the Aquarium from Quarantine on Thursday afternoon.

 

Glass Shrimps

glass shrimp smlIf you make your way down to the Treasure Chest and wander amongst the Hermit Crabs and shark teeth you will find a unique new exhibit housing hundreds of tiny glass shrimps (paelemon peringueyi) ready to clean your fingers.

 

Teri the Albatross

albatross1 thumbnail-01It was a very unusual sight indeed to see a juvenile Indian Yellow-nosed Albatross (thalassarche carteri) resting on a beach in KZN. Healthy sea birds don’t rest on beaches and allow themselves to be handled by humans.

 

Recycling Is Education

recycle smlRecycling is education! - Addington School Grade 4’s - Oscar Tshabalala, Ansuar Ntakirutmana, George Mutombo, John Bartlett and Felix Mudzinganwama were just some of the 419 Grade 4 & 5 pupils who took up the recycling challenge set out by uShaka Sea World staff as a fun assignment!

 

Where In The Ocean Is Gru?

gru webstoryGru, an adult Sub-Antarctic fur seal was brought into uShaka Sea World on Saturday 26th April by staff from Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife after stranding on a beach between Banana Beach and Hibberdene on the lower South Coast.

 

World Ocean Day

ush fb post v1On Sunday 8th June 2014 countries all over the world will be celebrating World Oceans Day the highlight crucial role the sea plays as a source of food and oxygen. This year the theme is “Together we have the power to protect the Ocean.

 

uShaka Marine World welcomes Grant Christie

grantchristie sml28 year old Grant Christie began his epic solo expedition to walk the entire length of the South African coastline in a project he call Six Million Steps on the 17th October 2013.

 

uShaka Sea World welcomes their one millionth learner

million sml iTen year old Mbali Sifold, a grade 5 learner at Kokstad Junior School, was the millionth child to visit uShaka Sea World. Her visit on April 16, was an important milestone and a special celebration during uShaka Marine World’s 10th birthday month.

 

uShaka Hosts Children With Xeroderma Pigmentosum

xp tmbEach year Southern African children suffering from Xeroderma Pigmentosum (XP) get together for a weekend of adventure, laughter, sharing, caring and learning.

 

Earth Hour 2014

earthour tmbuShaka Marine World invites all our fans to join a worldwide conservation initiative. 

 

Juvenile Loggerhead Release

turtle release smlOn Friday morning 31st January 2014 ten Loggerhead Turtles were released into the warm Mozambique current which lies 10 nautical miles offshore.

 

Minion The Seal

minion tmbWord must be getting around among the local seal population about uShaka Sea Worlds outstanding rehabilitation facilities, with yet another seal arriving at the end of September.

 

SAAMBR Outreach

saambr 20 gwdThe Education Centre at uShaka Marine world was abuzz with excitement as teachers, dignatories, sponsors, marine conservationists and educators gathered to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Sea World Outreach Programme.

 

Penguin Waddle 2013

penguin waddleFor the third consecutive year, a group of marine enthusiasts will waddle for a week from Gaansbaai to Boulders Beach – a total distance of 130 Kms.

 

Turtle poacher learns about Turtle conservation

On Wednesday 28th November 2012, Malini Pather, an aquarist at Durban's uShaka Sea World, introduced convicted turtle poacher, Makotikoti Zikhali, to an endangered baby loggerhead turtle named Columbus.

 


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