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Sharks and Skates at The Two Oceans Aquarium in Cape Town (2018-11-17) Nature and Animal Attractions | Photo Gallery 05 SEP 2019

I was fifteen years old when the Two Oceans Aquarium at the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town first opened its doors to the public in November 1995. A world class aquarium showcasing the incredible diversity of marine life found in the Atlantic and Indian Oceans through awe-inspiring exhibits and interactive touch-points, with a vision and mission to encourage love and respect for our ocean, and in so doing, train up a generation of young people to understand the need for using marine and other natural resources in a much more sustainable manner.

It also just so happens to be a wonderfully entertaining activity for parents with young kids.

After all, there is quite a lot to see and take in! From the big I&J Ocean Exhibit, the eerily quiet Predator Exhibit, the serene Kelp Forest Exhibit (unfortunately closed for reforestation during this particular visit), the always cute (if a little smelly) Penguin Exhibit, the interesting Touch Pool & Microscope section, the educational Smart Living Challenge Zone (lots of interactive/digital games to play around with!), and the Diversity Gallery, there is more than enough to keep you busy for a decent amount of time!

Then there are the various feeding times (the penguins are always a treat, not to mention the diver entering the big tank with all the sharks and rays), and if you are feeling particularly brave and have a few extra bucks burning a hole in your pocket, you can head over for a diving experience that lets you scuba down into either the Predator, I&J Ocean or Kelp Forest exhibit!

Jellyfish, sharks, rays, crayfish, eels and sea horses, the girls were kept absolutely enthralled with everything they saw – even if they weren’t really all that sure about actually touching anything in the touch pools!

As always, a wonderful educational experience that I’m thrilled to have been able to share with my kids. Makes me wish all that much more that Cape Town still had a proper zoo to enjoy with them as well. Anyway, as expected, a lot of photos were taken on the day:

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Indigo the Octopus at The Shark Lab in Mossel Bay (2018-03-17) Nature and Animal Attractions | Photo Gallery 04 FEB 2019

If you are looking to swim with sharks but without say the danger aspect, then The Shark Lab at The Point in Mossel Bay has the perfect solution for you – a swim in their pool with a couple of friendly smooth-hound sharks.

Situated directly atop the rock channel that runs below the St. Blaize Cave, the Shark Lab actually does a lot of important work with regards to researching, rescuing and protecting local sharks and marine life, in conjunction with their time spent educating both fisherman and the public at large about these big apex predators.

Their tiny space is also home to what they have dubbed a mini-aquarium, essentially a room or two with a few fish in tanks, a view into the pool containing the smooth hound sharks, and a shallow open air “rock pool” that contains a lot of starfish, anemone and quite often, a playful octopus clambering about.

Indigo the octopus is an absolute delight mind you. A clever girls that loves playing fetch with a ball and is a brilliant teaching aid to help the kids get a better understanding about these intelligent cephalopods. (Plus, which kid doesn’t love having a moist starfish plonked down into their hands?)

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The Shark Lab is easy to miss and if you aren’t going to swim with the sharks then you’ll probably complain about how small an experience it actually is. However, I enjoyed the intimacy of this mini-aquarium, and in particular, the friendliness and eager to inform nature of the staff on hand.

Now it is just a matter of the kids getting old enough so that I can toss them into the shark pool! :P

Related Link: The Shark Lab | Mossel Bay

Two Oceans Aquarium in Cape Town (2015-08-29) Photo Gallery 18 SEP 2015

A couple of weekends ago, Chantelle and I decided to treat the girls to an outing to the Two Oceans Aquarium at the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town (a treat because its a pretty expensive family outing thanks to the high priced tickets).

IMG_20150829_140642 entrance at the waterfront two oceans aquarium

For a change, the weather was good and following the girls and my stop at a few markets in the morning, we returned home to scoop up an awaiting Chantelle and hit the N2 to Cape Town!

IMG_20150829_145223 penguin area at the waterfront two oceans aquarium

Little has obviously changed at the Two Oceans Aquarium over the years, so there isn’t really anything new for us as adults to take in (in fact, a couple of the exhibits are actually closed to the public at the moment, making those pricey tickets a tad more painful in the process), but for Jess it proved to be a surefire hit – her being finally old enough (our last visit was two years ago when she was three) to really enjoy the various exhibits.

She would excitedly listen to everything we told her (which mostly we read off the information boards above the displays), and then rattle it off to the nearest person that she could, skipping around from display to display!

(Amazingly, Finding Nemo still holds strong for the kids, as she very firmly proclaimed that her favourite fishes were without a doubt the clown fishes.)

IMG_20150829_141907 jessica and the clown fish at the waterfront two oceans aquarium

As always then, the Aquarium was a solid outing, with both girls seemingly enjoying the experience.

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Following our walkabout looking at all the fishes, we opted to tuck into some fishies and stopped for a late lunch at the adjacent Shoreline Cafe. Again, the restaurant experience proved nothing to really write home about, but the girls did particularly enjoy running round in the awesome kids play area.

IMG_20150829_163258 jessica lotter covered in ice cream at the waterfront in cape town

With lunch done and the girls particularly sticky from the ice cream all over their faces, we took a stroll back towards the parking garage to catch The Scratch Patch before it closed, pausing to admire the small navy vessel moored next to the aquarium and chuckle at the big seal taking a break on the very clever seal decks that Waterfront now plays host to.

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Luckily, we made the gemstone world with about a half an hour to go before closing time, enough time for the girls to excitedly scratch around and collect a host of colourful and beautiful gemstones that then needless to say, lay scattered across every walking surface in my house for the next couple of weeks! :)

IMG_20150829_170545 jessica lotter at the scratch patch in the waterfront in cape town

IMG_20150829_170607 emily lotter at the scratch patch in the waterfront in cape town

(These little stones are a mission back at one’s own house I tell you!)

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Related Link: Two Oceans Aquarium | Scratch Patch

Photo Gallery: Two Oceans Aquarium Visit (2012-08-12) Photo Gallery 12 AUG 2012

Chantelle, Jessica and I enjoyed a rare Sunday off as the three of us paid a visit to the always awesome Two Oceans Aquarium in the V&A Waterfront. Pleasingly, Jessica seemed to quite enjoy her first ever outing to this fishy wonderland! :)

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Photo Gallery: uShaka Marine World (2010-05-11) My Life | Photo Gallery 11 MAY 2010

One of my favourite spots to visit in Durban is of course the famous uShaka Marine World, a giant oceanarium that houses a remarkable variety of sea life, all presented in a brilliantly thought out wrecked ship theme.

This particular photo set arose out of our surprise trip to the Drakensberg in celebration of my 30th birthday (where the biggest surprise would of course be Chantelle revealing to me that she’s pregnant), with the new King Shaka airport in Durban being our point of entrance into that part of South Africa (Just in case you were wondering what we were doing in Durban if we were in fact off to the Drakensberg).

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