Two Oceans Aquarium

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Two Oceans Aquarium
Two Oceans Aquarium entrance.jpg
Date opened 13 November 1995
Location Cape Town, South Africa
Coordinates 33°54′29″S 18°25′3″E / 33.90806°S 18.41750°E / -33.90806; 18.41750Coordinates: 33°54′29″S 18°25′3″E / 33.90806°S 18.41750°E / -33.90806; 18.41750
Volume of largest tank 2,000,000 l (440,000 imp gal; 530,000 US gal)[1]
Owner V&A Waterfront Holdings (Pty) Limited and Investec Bank[2]
Public transit access Bus: MyCiTi 104
Website www.aquarium.co.za
The main kelp forest tank in Two Oceans Aquarium
Anemonefish in Two Oceans Aquarium

The Two Oceans Aquarium is an aquarium located at the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront in Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa. The aquarium was opened on the 13 November 1995 and comprises seven exhibition galleries with large viewing windows:[3] The enchantment of this particular aquarium is due to its location, where the Indian and Atlantic Ocean meet.

  • Atlantic Ocean Gallery - This gallery allows you to discover the life of the Atlantic Ocean. Such marine life as translucent jellyfish, tiny and rare Knysna seahorse and giant spider crabs.
  • I&J Children's Play Centre - Various activities to keep the young visitors entertained. Puppet shows, arts and craft. A place for visitors to look out the old seal pool and maybe even see the rockhopper penguins swimming.
  • Previously known as the Seal Pool Exhibit. Cape Fur Seal are no longer kept at the aquarium. The last 4 resident seals were sent to another facility in 2007. Various fishes found in the pool. And the rockhopper penguins also use this pool for their exercise.
  • Predator Exhibit - This exhibit re-opened on 27 July 2017. This exhibit holds 2 million litres of seawater. 3 ragged-tooth were release on this day, Lili-May, Dane and Bernie.
  • I&J Ocean Exhibit - Opened on 16 June 2016. This exhibit holds 1.6 million litres of seawater. Various fishes, rays & turtles to be seen in this exhibit. It is possible to scuba dive in this tank at the aquarium if you hold a PADI Open Water Certificate.[4]
  • Indian Ocean Gallery - Showcases six exhibits of marine life found in the Indian Ocean. The anemonefish (a.k.a. clownfish) seen in the movie Finding Nemo and his friends and a wealth of other colourful fish can be found in this ocean’s coral reefs.[5]
  • Kelp Forest Exhibit - (This exhibit is now closed due to renovations underway) / One of the aquarium’s biggest attractions, this underwater forest is home to shoals of silver fishes sparkling through the sunlight.[6]
  • River Meander Exhibit - African Black-footed penguins, Northern Rockhopper penguins, African black oystercatcher, mole snake, Western Leopard toads, common platannas (African clawed frogs). A river course divided into 3 sections (upper, middle and lower) with freshwater fishes in the exhibit. Various plants from the Western Cape region.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Dive South Africa: South Western Cape, Cape Town - V&A Waterfront. Retrieved 15 April 2015.
  2. ^ http://www.aquarium.co.za/about_us/
  3. ^ "Exhibits at the Two Oceans Aquarium". Archived from the original on 2006-12-06. Retrieved 2006-11-28. 
  4. ^ "Diving at the Two Oceans Aquarium". Retrieved 2006-11-28. 
  5. ^ "Surviving the holiday rumble bumble". Retrieved 2014-06-14. 
  6. ^ http://www.aquarium.co.za/

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