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    Rocky shore biology course – a guide for rock pool explorers

    This course is aimed at anyone 16 years and older who wants to learn more about the amazing rocky shore ecosystem found along the Cape Peninsula shoreline. What is the difference between the two ...

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    This course is aimed at anyone 16 years and older who wants to learn more about the amazing rocky shore ecosystem found along the Cape Peninsula shorelineWhat is the difference between the two oceans off the southern African coastline? Which animals and seaweeds can you find living in the rock pools? When is the best time to visit these rock pools? What impacts do we have on the ocean and what can we do to mitigate these impacts?  

    The course will include content and identification of the main seaweed species found in the rocky shore environment. We will cover the three main groups of sea weeds, highlighting the main species in each, such as purple laver (also known as nori) and Dead Man’s Fingers. You will also learn about, and how to identify, the main invertebrate groups that call this harsh and turbulent environment their home. Learn about the amazing echinoderms and their pentaradial symmetry, or mollusca and the great variety that exists on the rocky shoreThis will lead into discussions around how they are adapted to these specific environments and the human impacts we have on this dynamic ecosystem 

    The course is split between self-study modules on our e-learning platform and live Zoom sessions with our teachers. Live sessions will take place on Tuesdays and Thursdays, for four weeks, from 17h30 to 19h30 (GMT+2). 

    Course details: 

    Dates: 13 October to 5 November 2020 

    Duration: Four weeks 

    Format: Weekly self-study topics, with live Zoom sessions with our teachers 

    Live sessions: 17h30 to 19h30 on Tuesdays and Thursdays 

    Cost: R1000 per learner  

    To sign-up and pay, visit our website 

    Junior Biologist course for children in Grades 4-6

    Join us for our fourth online edition of our popular Junior Biologist (JB) course. We have offered this course for years at the Two Oceans Aquarium, however now an online version is available for ...

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    Join us for our fourth online edition of our popular Junior Biologist (JB) course. We have offered this course for years at the Two Oceans Aquarium, however now an online version is available for any young ocean enthusiasts! 

    Our teachers are great at bringing the ocean and its amazing inhabitants to your home, via Zoom and our online e-learning platform. The course includes fun content, such as the differences between our two ocean basins, animals you will find in rock pools, an introduction to the amazing octopus family, how to tell turtles and tortoises apart and a look at the fish family, including sharks. As an added bonus we will also show you the behind the scenes area of our turtle rehabilitation programme, at the Two Oceans Aquarium. This course is great for any children that are between the ages of 10 and 12 years (or Grade 4-6), who have always shown an interest in the ocean and love the environment. Our course will definitely foster this love further and open up another world of wonderment and learning.  

    The course format is a combination of live Zoom session each day, with additional content available on our e-learning platform. Since we are online, this course is open to anyone in the world, as long as you have access to the internet, and are able to Zoom dive into our live sessions.  

    Course details: 

    Dates: 5 – 9 October 2020 

    Duration: One week 

    FormatDaily Zoom sessions, with additional content online 

    Live sessions: 15h00 to 17h00 Monday to Friday 

    Cost: R750 per learner  


    For more information and to register, click here.  


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    The purpose of this course is to:

    • Provide important basic environmental and oceanographic information 
    • Supplement and support school curriculum material 
    • Provide enrichment for students interested in marine life

    The purpose of this course is to:

    • Provide important basic environmental and oceanographic information 
    • Supplement and support school curriculum material 
    • Provide enrichment for students interested in marine life

    Our aim for this course is to challenge and inspire young pupils to:

    • Develop an interest in and respect the sensitive nature and beauty of our planet
    • Increase an awareness of what positive actions can be made to protect our environment
    • Be more aware of environmental issues
    • Encourage students to study further in marine or environmental sciences

    Oceanography forms part of the marine sciences and will be a vital aspect for anyone keen to study marine sciences at a tertiary level – even if the aim is to study marine biology. There are several different ‘fields’ of oceanography – physical, biological, geological and chemical oceanography.

    This course is quite academic, and acts as a bridging course between high school and university. Most of the content covered in our course will be covered in first year university oceanography modules.

    Our aim for this course is to challenge and inspire young pupils to:

    • Develop an interest in and respect the sensitive nature and beauty of our planet
    • Increase an awareness of what positive actions can be made to protect our environment
    • Be more aware of environmental issues
    • Encourage students to study further in marine or environmental sciences

    A great course for budding marine biologists, in grades 5 and 6.

    Topics include aspects of oceanography, marine biology, and human impacts on the ocean.

    Our aim for this course is to challenge and inspire young pupils to:

    • Develop an interest in and respect the sensitive nature and beauty of our planet
    • Increase an awareness of what positive actions can be made to protect our environment
    • Be more aware of environmental issues
    • Encourage students to study further in marine or environmental sciences

    A great course for budding marine biologists, in grades 5 and 6.

    Topics include aspects of oceanography, marine biology, and human impacts on the ocean.

    Our aim for this course is to challenge and inspire young pupils to:

    • Develop an interest in and respect the sensitive nature and beauty of our planet
    • Increase an awareness of what positive actions can be made to protect our environment
    • Be more aware of environmental issues
    • Encourage students to study further in marine or environmental sciences

    The purpose of this course is to

    • provide important basic environmental and oceanographic information; 
    • supplement and support school curriculum material 
    • and provide enrichment for students interested in marine life. 

    Final assessment for the March 2020 FET Marine Biology course.

    Do you enjoy visiting Aquariums, do you have your own home aquarium, enjoy recreational fishing or interested in a career in Ichthyology? Then this course is for you.