School holidays are fast approaching and right now you’re probably racking your brain trying to decide what exactly you’re going to do with the kids. Let’s face it, plonking them down in front of the digital babysitter will only keep them occupied for so long and before you know it they’ll be complaining to you about how bored they’re are. Luckily for parents in Cape Town, the Two Oceans Aquarium is here to save the day with two new, fabulously entertaining exhibits to keep boredom at bay. The aquarium recently announced the launch of its spectacular, new large-scale I&J Ocean Exhibit as well as the new Jelly Gallery and we can’t wait to pay them a visit to see it in person!
The exhibits officially opened on Thursday 16 June 2016, with aquarium members being treated to an exclusive preview. The new additions to the much-loved Cape Town space is the aquarium’s first major construction in almost 21 years and taken almost two-and-a-half years of hard work to complete.
Holding almost 1.6 million litres of seawater, the new I&J exhibit is 6 metres deep and boasts a 9 metre-wide by 4 metre-high viewing panel for uninterrupted views like no other. The exhibit is also the first exhibit of its kind to boast a 10 metre-long viewing tunnel – an attraction that is sure to delight visitors of all ages. Here you can expect to see everything from yellowfin tuna and spotted grunter to rays, green turtles, and rock cod swimming about and enjoying the serenity of the ocean.
But that’s not all there is to see – make sure you also leave time to check out a brand new display dedicated solely to jellyfish! The new Jelly Gallery is dedicated to the wonderful world of jellyfish and is quite a sight to behold. Step inside this magical exhibit and be mesmerised by the numerous species of jellyfish, glowing in the dark as they float on by.
Both attractions are now open to the public. The Two Oceans Aquarium is open from Monday – Sunday from 09:30 – 18:00. Cost of entry is between R65 and R135 per person. For more information visit the Two Oceans Aquarium website.