We’ve been working with the Two Oceans Aquarium in Cape Town as its digital partner for nearly 10 years, yet there’s always something new to see among the warm-water species from the Indian Ocean and their cold-water counterparts from the Atlantic Ocean.
Here are 20 images that show why the aquarium is one of our favourite places to visit.
The foyer of the Two Oceans Aquarium at Cape Town’s V&A Waterfront is home to many warm-water species from South Africa’s Indian Ocean coastline. Even though you can get very close to the fish, they are more difficult to photograph than you might think, not least because most of them are quick swimmers.
The sharks are among the biggest attractions at the Two Oceans Aquarium – in this case a large ragged-tooth shark, perfectly showing off the reason for its name.
A turtle glides effortlessly by above the heads of visitors.
What are you lookin’ at? Giant kob (Argyrosomus japonicas).
The giant spider crabs (Macrocheira kaempferi) look like they belong in a sci-fi movie.
A longhorn cowfish (Lactoria cornuta), which looks like something from Walt Disney’s imagination.
Schoolchildren marvel at the creatures of the deep.
A school group learns about skates and rays.
A cartoon-like evileye pufferfish (Amblyrhynchotes honckenii).
Some sharks are oviparous, laying eggs that are hatched outside their bodies, from lightweight casings. These egg pouches, shown here, are also known as “mermaid’s purses”.
Apart from developing its website and online ticketing system, Flow Communications has also worked with the Two Oceans Aquarium on other projects. These include developing the Kelp Forest Quest interactive game. Visitors to the aquarium can tweet the names of fish species to @KelpForestQuest and virtual aquarium staff will drop virtual fish into the tank live. The game is intended to teach visitors about the need for balance in the oceans. Find out more here: www.aquarium.co.za/site/kelp-forest.
Zebra fish (Diplodus hottentotus).
Stonefish belong to the genus Synanceia and are highly poisonous.
William Wordsworth said: “The ocean is a mighty harmonist.” You’ll leave the Two Oceans Aquarium feeling as though your soul has been refreshed.
A foxface rabbitfish (Siganus vulpinus).
Shrimpfish (Aeoliscus punctulatus).
Brown tang (Zebrasoma scopes).
Black musselcracker (Cymatoceps nasutus).