Cape Town’s Two Oceans Aquarium

25 Jan

I absolutely LOVE the Two Oceans Aquarium at the Cape Town Waterfront. I drag whomever is willing to go – along with me every year. It’s Luka’s 3rd visit and seems to be becoming a tradition whenever we are home in South Africa. Luka’s first visit was when he was in utero and he has visited once a year since then. I’m not a big fan of aquariums, in general, but this one rocks!

We headed upstairs to the penguin enclosure as soon as we arrived as they were about to be fed. They have a couple of different species but focus a lot on the African penguin who is under threat of extinction. They have 5 breeding pairs and had a few babies in nests whilst we were there. The babies are all rehabilitated and released into the wild to support genetic diversity and increase the numbers. Luka was keen on a swim with them which we strongly discouraged.

Here are a few cool pics that Olaf managed to take whilst we followed the little guys around. Every display he saw was followed by, “Look at this”, “Look at that” or “Wow”. It’s such a great outing for adults and kids alike.

We got some important insight into Luka’s sense of self-preservation whilst approaching the Frog Display. He was happily ambling along up the ramp, excited about seeing the frogs when Olaf pointed out a very large frog picture above the entrance and asked Luka to stand at the entrance for a photo. The huge frog struck the fear of… well, frogs, into him and he stopped and dashed back to us refusing to go any further. With some encouragement he decided that the only way to proceed was if Dad went ahead and he snuck in behind. That way Dad faces the full-force of the giant frog attack and Luka has a chance to get away. It’s good to know that he is willing to sacrifice his parents to stay alive!

On to my favorite part… the predator tank. This is one of the most serene places in the whole world. With soft classic music in the background, huge windows to gaze through and giant fish, sharks and turtles slowly cruising around the tank it is a place I never feel ready to leave. I could sit there all day. They were just finishing feeding some of the inhabitants as we arrived so there were 2 divers in the tank whilst we were there. Here they are feeding a giant turtle, check out the size of the shark swimming slowly behind the diver!

If you find yourself in Cape Town, you will inevitably end up at the Waterfront at some point. Head to the Two Oceans Aquarium, it’s a fun way to spend 2 hours.

 

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One Response to “Cape Town’s Two Oceans Aquarium”

  1. Bernadette Watson January 28, 2011 at 6:43 am #

    Phillipa I need to contact you regarding your mom’s visit, please can I have your brothers mobile number to contact her.
    regards Bernie

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