Ride the wave of knowledge wit

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Ride the wave of knowledge with Two Oceans Aquarium’s online activities

If you want to learn more about South Africa’s rich marine life, here’s how to ‘visit the aquarium’ from the comfort of your own home!

Ride the wave of knowledge wit

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Now you can learn about the ocean from the comfort of your own home with the Two Oceans Aquarium’s range of online fun and educational activities. Yes, you can become part of the aquarium’s “Foundation Crew” by joining one of their three different “Crew” levels for R100 per month.

Mini Crew

One of the levels includes the Mini Crew which is aimed at three- to seven-year-olds. Here children can enjoy a weekly episode of Spunky Sea Stories, a production brought to you by their early childhood development team. Each pre-recorded episode highlights an animal.

What’s more, they also have a “Fit Fishies” segment to keep the “Mini Crew” active and healthy, along with some fun facts about food groups with the Peckish Penguins.

Cool Crew: Marine Sciences webinars & activities

These webinars and activities have been developed to inform and inspire primary school eco-warriors (children between the ages of eight and 12 years old). Here you can learn more about the ocean, its inhabitants and our planet.

Pro Crew: Marine Sciences webinars & activities

These webinars and activities have been developed to inform and inspire high school eco leaders and adults keen to learn new things (suitable for anyone older than 13 years old). Pro Crew members will enjoy a monthly webinar presented by educators, as well as a Q&A with an expert. Every month there will also be a web series episode to watch, which will set the theme for the month.

April focus on Cape fur seals

The subscriptions focus on a different animal every month, and this April, the Cape fur seal steals the spotlight.

According to tot the aquarium, they are the only seal species that is truly native to the South African mainland. This species is the one you’ll see in our harbours, at tourist destinations and diving sites, and the one you’ll most likely see in animal welfare stories from organisations such as the Two Oceans Aquarium Education Foundation, the V&A Waterfront Marine Wildlife Programme and the SPCA.

It is estimated that approximately two million Cape fur seals inhabit the coasts of southern Africa, mostly living in colonies on rocky coastlines and islands. Like all other seals, Cape fur seals are semi-aquatic mammals that are carnivores and spend their time at sea hunting, and their time on land caring for their young, resting, healing and moulting.

This semi-aquatic lifestyle puts them at great risk of encountering human-caused hazards like fishing gear, boats, hunters and plastic pollution.

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