Captain Fanplastic and the Two Oceans Aquarium Education Foundation are delighted to announce a partnership that will raise the environmental literacy and understanding of the marine environment of young learners. Together, their teams will collaborate on outreach programmes that improve literacy, raise awareness, and foster a sense of appreciation and wonder for the marine environment in order to learn what can be done to protect it.
The world’s friendliest, plastic battling pirate adventures through stories that explore #NoTrashButTreasure with his best friend Fin the turtle. Their mission is to discover what can be done to battle the mountain of plastic trash in the sea. The captain teaches the 5Rs (Refuse. Reduce. Reuse. Repurpose. Recycle) as a way for everyone to be able to contribute to making a positive impact, and help stem the tide of waste making it into the oceans and rivers.
The Two Oceans Aquarium Education Foundation continues the 25-year legacy of the Two Oceans Aquarium, by informing and inspiring children and adults to make a positive impact that benefits our environment. Through outreach programmes, educational puppet shows, exciting online courses, and fun, informative web series‘, the Aquarium Foundation ensures that spreading environmental literacy is its primary focus. The ultimate vision, by offering these educational programmes, is to (re)connect all people to the ocean.
In Cape Town, you can find Captain Fanplastic’s best friend Fin in real life, recovering at the Aquarium Foundation’s turtle rehabilitation centre, at the Two Oceans Aquarium. Fin is just one of the many turtles being looked after and rehabilitated by the amazing turtle team, after ingesting or being entangled in plastic. Fin will need a lot of loving care before he can return to the ocean. You can follow the story of Fin on social media, by following @captainfanplastic or @aquariumfoundation, and read all about the adventures of Captain Fanplastic. Order your book now!
Why are pirates called pirates? Because they RRRRRR….
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Learning to swim is empowering – especially for women who want to work in the ocean community! Having the confidence to explore the water, feeling safe when in a boat, or simply having access to swimming as a recreational activity are things that many take for granted. A number of the incredible women at the Two Oceans Aquarium Foundation took the step of learning to swim with Swimmable – taking their first steps into this new way of exploring the world (and making their first splashes in the water of the Aquarium’s I&J Ocean Exhibit).
On 14 July 2021, a loggerhead turtle entangled in ghost-netting was in dire need of intervention and was rescued on the beach in Gansbaai. Through the Turtle Network, this adult, stranded, cold-stunned sea turtle arrived at the Two Oceans Aquarium & was received by the turtle rehab team. This turtle was surprisingly strong during admittance into hospital; lifting her head, resisting restraint & also presented with no external injuries needing immediate intervention.
Hoodwinker sunfish were only recently discovered in 2017, after hiding in plain sight amongst the more commonly known 𝘔𝘰𝘭𝘢 𝘮𝘰𝘭𝘢. So, when one of these rare animals was found washed up near Gansbaai, scientists from Dyer Island Conservation Trust and the Two Oceans Aquarium Education Foundation were alerted and eager to work together to learn more about one of our ocean’s most unusual creatures.