Pictured above: uShaka Marine World’s animal behaviourist, Kelly de Klerk with Chino.uShaka Sea World’S Extreme SurvivorPenguins 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.
Last month, the shallow waters of uShaka Beach were gleaming with thousands of Cape Anchovies. This only presented our staff at Sea World with a unique idea – why don’t we introduce some of this silver beauties into the aquarium?
Four of uShaka Sea World’s staff members have taken up a challenge many people would surely pass off on – walking over 100 kilometres all in an effort to raise awareness of the endangered, endemic African penguin.
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.