Funny that I should associate the Aquarium’s 25th Birthday with walking but somehow I do. I walked in here at the age of 25, and will be walking these corridors after 25 years in Feb 2021. In that time I’ve walked in the penguin mascot suit, walked 120 km’s for penguin awareness, seen my kids walk through the Aquarium 25 million times and still not tire for loving and appreciating the aquatic beauty on display. Thanks for the scenic, tranquil and rewarding walk TOA. Let’s do this for another 25.
The Two Oceans Aquarium Education Foundation runs several holiday enrichment courses (known as ‘The Marine Science Academy courses’) for young natural historians with a particular interest in marine topics.
As they progress through the courses and climb the grades, many of them express an interest in pursuing a marine related career. This generally starts off as wanting to be a ‘Marine Biologist’, but further research and guidance through our courses makes them aware of the huge variety of careers on offer. Our courses for Grades 6 to 9 provide a general insight into marine sciences, building up to our Grade Ten ‘Young Biologist’ Course, which provides a good combination of experiential learning as well as the opportunity to volunteer in the aquarium, if they want to.
The Marine Science Academy courses culminate in two five-day academic courses offered to Grade Elevens and Twelves (the latter on special request) who are considering studying Marine Sciences at a tertiary level, one on aspects of Biology and the second on Oceanography.
This year’s Turtle Road Trip was different from past ones, as the team of the Turtle Rescue Programme used the opportunity to conduct in-depth field training with the people and organisations working on the ground monitoring and patrolling our coastline – we might be the people that rehabilitate turtles, but the men and women patrolling the hundreds of kilometers of coastline are the first line in saving a turtle’s life.
The ripple effects of a successful 2021 turtle rehab year, has allowed for the release of 44 turtles back into the big blue!