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Sea worlds got some new friends

Pictured above: uShaka Marine World’s animal behaviourist, Kelly de Klerk with Chino. uShaka Sea World’S Extreme Survivor Penguins are notoriously clumsy on land, as they waddle along upright with their flippers held away from their bodies. Chino, the latest penguin resident to join the uShaka Sea World African Penguin (Spheniscusdemersus) colony, not only waddles but waddles with a little limp.

uShaka’s Sea World team had the pleasure of seeing an extremely rare visitor to South Africa and releasing it back to the ocean. The rare visitor, a Tropical Shearwater, was released 15 nautical miles off Durban’s coast by uShaka Sea World’s veterinarian, Dr Francois Lampen. According to ornithologist Dr Dave Allen, Curator Birds at Durban’s Natural Science Museum, the bird has only been spotted twice before in South Africa!

International Turtle Day is celebrated throughout the world on the 23 May each year in a variety of ways to bring attention to turtles. Senior Aquarist at uShaka Sea World Malini Pather, seen above with Ula, the female Loggerhead Turtle who has spent the past two years in our rehabilitation centre, is on her way to recovery from her trauma out at sea.

On the IUCN’s specially protected list, and known as Bumble Bee Groupers when they are young; the “fabulous five” Brindle Bass siblings have been undergoing medical care & quarantine to rid them of any ocean diseases or bacteria before being introduced into the exhibit.

Here are some tips about how we can help save the ocean: – Don’t overfill the kettle – what you don’t use will only go cold again. – Turn off appliances before going to sleep at night. – Make meat a treat – the meat industry contributes 18% of global greenhouse gas emissions. – Walk more – people don’t emit pollution when they walk. – Take short sharp showers – every minute in the shower uses 10 litres of water.

The rainy weather along the KZN coast, brought an unusual visitor all the way from down under, to uShaka Beach! This afternoon a Great-winged Petrel (Pterodroma Macroptera) was found on the beach at uShaka – exhausted and without even enough energy to resist being picked up.

After six months of relentless dedication and hard work, the uShaka Sea World team can now celebrate their highly sort-after PAAZA Accreditation.   This is the third time that Sea World has been awarded accreditation status by the Pan African Association of Zoos and Aquariums (PAAZA). PAAZA, an internationally recognised organisation and a member of the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums, offers the highest possible accreditation and recognition that a living animal institution can achieve in Africa! Not all institutions that apply for accreditation receive it – uShaka Sea World remains the only accredited aquarium in Africa.

Which fish has the name of a vegetable? The Potato Bass, of course! Last week, three of our large Potato Bass were returned to the warm waters of the iSimangaliso Wetland Park, a natural World Heritage Site, after spending several years in the Reef Predator Exhibit at Sea World.