Tales from the Blue
Stories & News
Shamier Magmoet lives in the Cape Flats, an area of Cape Town. Until he was 33, he had never experienced the ocean before, and it is now his mission to expose children from his community to the wonders of the ocean. Read more about his journey.
Myrtle the turtle was found on an East London beach, on the rocks. After an initial check up with a vet and overnight care at East London Aquarium, Myrtle became a flying turtle. She was transported via chartered plane to Port Elizabeth where she will undergo rehabilitation at Bayworld PE.
Luis, a large loggerhead turtle, in our care at the moment, had a deep wound caused by a goose barnacle. Our turtle rehab team decided to tailor-make him an airtight cover, so that the wound can stay dry and heal faster. Enter the humble lunchbox.
The World Association of Zoos and Aquaria hosts an annual conference. Usually, this takes place at one of the member facilities. Since we live in unusual times, this time around, the conference was virtual. This meant that many more of us were able to attend. Read about the conference and what our staff took away from the experience.
Our Foundation Crew is a subscription programme that offers exclusive content to those who subscribe for a monthly fee of R200. Your R200 means the world to us, as we can do so much with it. We have taken science communication to the next level by creating stories about the ocean.
Nurdles, tiny balls of virgin plastic, used to make new items and often shipped across the world to factories. What happens when they end up in ocean ecosystems? Find out, when Xavier Zylstra, one of our deputy heads of education, discovered a beach filled with them.
Talitha Noble, our conservation coordinator, will be swimming 7,5 km in the cold Atlantic ocean in support of our turtle rehabilitation programme. She will do it especially for a special turtle called Bob, who tells his story from his perspective.
Ever wondered about the life cycle of a turtle? Read more about the life of a loggerhead turtle and their different life stages.
This year Marine Sciences became an official FET subject of the South African national curriculum. This due to the hard work of our Head of Education, Russell Stevens. In 2021, we will be offering Grade 10 children from all over South Africa to start their three-year journey in Marine Sciences through our online learning programme, so that they can matriculate with this subject in 2023.
International Coastal Cleanup day is a global event that takes place every third Saturday of September. This year, the Aquarium Foundation, in collaboration with several organisations cleaned up Hout Bay beach.