Tales from the Blue
Stories & News
Claudine van Zyl completed her Work Imtegrated Learning (WIL) internship with us last year. Her research project was: ‘The characterisation of plastics in stranded post-hatchling loggerhead turtles along the South African coastline from 2015 to 2020’.
Bob, a green turtle in our care, has been with us since November 2014. While he is not ready for release yet, we are preparing him so that he has the best chance of survival back in the big blue. Alex Panagiotou, one of our turtle team specialists, is working with Bob through enrichment programmes and research.
Grant Blakeway completed the 2020 Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge by solo rowing 4 800 km across the Atlantic. He did this to highlight the issue of plastic pollution in the ocean.
Our virtual intern, Caity Miller, writes about the importance of environmental education, especially in what the UN has declared as the Decade of Ecosystem Restoration.
The five Matriculants from 2020, Riaan Manser, Fadlie Wagiet and our CEO, Maryke Musson, have returned from the icy continent. And what a trip it was, with cleanups, research, icy swims and exploration.
Annie and Luis, two adult loggerhead turtles release off the coast of Cape Town, have together already travelled more than 4000 km in 20 days.
Our CEO will be embarking on a once in a lifetime trip to the icy continent of Antarctica. This forms part of a special programme where five South African young people join Riaan Manser on a five day trip of exploration and research.
We are excited to announce our partnership with Captain Fanplastic, an organisation that shares our passion to teach children about the environment and increase environmental literacy levels.
The 13 Peaks Challenge is a local trail running endeavour, which Karoline Hanks will be attempting for the second time in December 2020. She has dedicated her effort to our turtle rehabilitation programme and aims to raise R60 000 to help in the rehabilitation of 13 of our turtle rehab patients.
Our home, and partner, the Two Oceans Aquarium turns 25 years old. We are grateful for the long legacy of ocean education and conservation that we have inherited, and look forward to another 25 years of collaboration and team work.