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Ocean sunfish (Mola mola) in Sturrock Dry Dock

Ocean sunfish (Mola mola) in Sturrock Dry Dock By Helen Lockhart / 17 November 2010

This morning, Aquarium curatorial staff responded to a call from someone at the Sturrock Dry Dock, who informed them that a large ocean sunfish (Mola mola) was being left high and dry as the dock was emptying out. A team including Two Oceans Aquarium Curator Michael Farquhar, Assistant Curator Claire Taylor, Senior Aquarist Andrea Hindley and Aquarist Kevin Spiby leapt into action and headed off to the dock, which is next to Royal Cape Yacht Club.

Video: Anti-whaling protest in Cape Town

Video: Anti-whaling protest in Cape Town By Ingrid Sinclair / 9 November 2010

Last Friday, 5 November, concerned Capetonians took part in an anti-whaling demonstration at the Japanese Consulate in Heerengracht Street. There was a great turnout, which included Freshlyground’s Zolani Mahola.

Planned protest in Cape Town for Worldwide Anti-Whaling Day today

Planned protest in Cape Town for Worldwide Anti-Whaling Day today 5 November 2010

Over 400 protesters are set to march, dressed in black, to the Japanese Consulate in Heerengracht Street today for the second time in 30 days, demanding an end to the brutal and illegal hunting of cetaceans around the world. In 1986, the International Whaling Commission (IWC) enacted a moratorium on all commercial whaling. Since then, three nations – Iceland, Norway, and Japan – have slaughtered over 25 000 whales.

Photos: Juvenile loggerhead turtles released back into the wild

Photos: Juvenile loggerhead turtles released back into the wild By Ingrid Sinclair / 2 November 2010

This is a deeply delightful sight: seeing 19 juvenile loggerhead turtles, which travelled from Cape Town to Durban last week, being released back into the ocean – where they belong! Two Oceans Aquarium aquarists Kevin Spiby and Andrea Hindley, who had been looking after the tiny turtles in Durban, were on hand, along with uShaka Marine World staff, to help them back into the ocean. Here are heartwarming images from the day.

The International Year of Biodiversity: Two Oceans Aquarium describes four new species

The International Year of Biodiversity: Two Oceans Aquarium describes four new species By David Vaughan / 25 October 2010

The United Nations declared 2010 the International Year of Biodiversity, celebrating life and our amazing biodiversity and its relevance and importance too. It is therefore fitting that four species – new to science ¬– were discovered right here at Two Oceans Aquarium and the findings published in 2010.