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Two Oceans Aquarium

The Aquarium is located in the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront adjacent to the Robinson Dry Dock, the oldest working dock of its kind in the world. The aquarium was conceived and created as a result of the development in the early nineties of the V&A Waterfront. The R35 million Two Oceans Aquarium is operated by the Two Oceans Aquarium Trust.

The aquarium is divided into 5 main exhibits ...

Diversity Hall

Consisting of approximately 32 exhibits displaying marine life in the warm Indian Ocean and the cold Atlantic Ocean. Exhibits include jelly fish and coral reef dwellers; giant spider crabs from Japan, endangered Knysna seahorses and a microscope display.

Touch Pool

A hit with the kids, the Touch Pool enables close-up inspection and handling of animals such as starfish and sea urchins as well as items washed up on the beach. Volunteer guides invite you to touch and feel a variety of animals and plants whilst providing you with a wealth of information about them.

Activity Centre

The Activity Centre includes an artificial inlet, home to an active and entertaining group of Cape Fur Seals. The display offers you the unique opportunity to view these mammals up close and underwater through a large window as they play below the surface of the water.

The Story of Water

The exhibit traces the course of a river from its source in the high mountains of the Cape, through the coastal flats to its mouth at the ocean. The exhibit begins in a mountain setting, complete with lush green vegetation, cascading waterfalls and clear rock pools complete with the freshwater fish that inhabit them.

At the mouth of the river, washed by the waves, lives a colony of endangered African penguins and Rock-hopper penguins (a sub-Antarctic species). These entertaining birds can be seen feeding, preening and darting to and fro beneath the waves. Several African black oystercatchers (another endangered species) can also be seen at the water's edge.

Kelp Forest and Predator Exhibit

The 2.2 million litre Predator Exhibit is perhaps the most dramatic in the Aquarium. Ragged-tooth sharks; shoals of Yellowtail, Garrick and many other fishes; several species of rays and a turtle are visible through an enormous 11 metre wide by 4 metre high acrylic panel. There are several spectacular viewing points such as the semi-tunnel which hugs the perimeter of the exhibit. This affords visitors a thrilling encounter as the sharks drift menacingly overhead.

The feeding of the Predator Exhibit inhabitants is a spectacular sight and a definite highlight in a visit to the Aquarium. The most exciting feed which has everyone transfixed is the hand feeding of the Ragged-tooth sharks which takes place on Sundays at 15h30.

 

Facilities

Nappy changing facilities and a limited number of baby carriers are available free of charge.
A limited number of wheelchairs are available free of charge. All Aquarium exhibits are accessible to the physically challenged.
First aid facilities
Gift shop
Bayfront Blu Restaurant

Admission Prices

Valid until 31 August  2006
Adults R65.00
Children ( 4 - 17 years ) R30.00
Under 4 years Free
Pensioners R50.00
Undergraduate Students R50.00

Hours of Operation

Open 09h30 - 18h00 ( subject to change without notice )

Contact Details

Tel: +27 21 418 3823
Fax: +27 21 418 3952
E-Mail: aquarium@aquarium.co.za

Physical Address
Dock Road
V&A Waterfront
Cape Town
South Africa

Website: www.aquarium.co.za

V&A Waterfront

V&A Waterfront [Pic: Satour]


Clownfish

Clownfish [Pic: 2 Oceans Aquarium]


Kelp Forest

Kelp Forest [Pic: 2 Oceans Aquarium]


Ragged Tooth Shark

Predator Exhibit


Bayfront Blu Restaurant

Restaurant [Pic: 2 Oceans Aquarium]