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 13th of November 1995 and is made up of several exhibitions with large viewing windows. The aquarium is named for its location, where the Indian and Atlantic Ocean meet.
The Two Oceans Aquarium is all about fun and entertainment, for adults and kids, with over 3,000 creatures on site, including yellowfin tunas and sharks.
What’s cool about The Two Oceans Aquarium?
The Two Oceans Aquarium is a certified Diamond member of the Heritage Environmental Rating Programme. Its diamond status was awarded in 2017 after it maintained Platinum status, the highest level of achievement in this internationally recognised eco-labelling programme.
The Two Oceans Aquarium is ideally positioned to showcase the incredible diversity of marine life found in these two oceans
Qualified scuba divers are invited to get their fins wet and dive in this ocean exhibit.
The Predator Exhibit gives you the chance to experience a close encounter with some of the most misunderstood species in South Africa’s oceans. Get to meet the shiver of ragged-tooth sharks, watch schools of Cape yellowtail hunt for their next meal and watch the curious, but territorial, yellowbelly rockcod stand its ground to much larger predators.
I&J Ocean Exhibit
Before you arrive at the exhibit, you will walk through the Jelly Gallery, which houses various jelly species.
The I&J Ocean Exhibit was the first major construction for the Aquarium in nearly 21 years. The exhibit holds 1.6 million litres of seawater at a temperature of between 20 and 24 degrees Celsius.
The depth of the exhibit stands at 6 metres. It is the first exhibit of its kind in South Africa to boast a full 10-metre long tunnel.
This exhibit is home to a colony of African penguins, some rescued rockhopper penguins, an African black oystercatcher, a mole snake, a Western leopard toad and common platannas. There’s also a small selection of freshwater fish, indigenous and alien. There’s a bird hide, overlooking the rockhopper rookery, which offers people a place to sit and relax in this peaceful riverine environment.
Kelp Forest Exhibit
The Kelp Forest Exhibit is an underwater forest where kelp plants grow like tall trees, fish swim through the fronds like birds and abalone, sea urchins and rock lobsters feed and take cover among the root-like holdfasts.
What does Tholispani.space think about The Two Oceans Aquarium?
While the aquarium is all about fun and entertainment, it is also devoted to education and conservation for a number of species of marine life.
We like the fact that many of the aquarium’s animals were rescued and are either recuperating from injuries or trauma, or can either no longer live in the wild. The Two Ocean acts as that home the never had.
Open 365 days a year
– Monday to Friday: 09h30 to 18h00
– Weekends, public holidays and school holidays: 09h00 to 18h00
“photo credit for all photos in this article goes to Aquarium“