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.
Gabrielle Harris, Curator of Animal Behaviour and Guest Experience at uShaka’s Sea World, has epitomised excellence in marine and animal keeping since her starting days in 1990. And that’s why, 16 years later, Harris has been awarded the prestigious PAAZA Animal Keeper of the Year for 2016!