02 June 2014 by Tara Turkington

Two Oceans Aquarium, Cape Town, in 20 pictures

One of the top attractions in Cape Town, the Two Oceans Aquarium is so-named because it displays fish and other creatures from both the warm Indian and cold Atlantic oceans, which meet off the southern tip of South Africa.

A slender snipefish at the Two Oceans Aquarium in Cape Town. The slender snipefish is distantly related to seahorses and pipefishes. It has scales similar to shark denticles, with sharp ridges and spines. It feeds mostly on zooplankton

Here, no matter your age, you'll be amazed by massive rays and sharks and tiny seahorses and sardines. Meet African and rockhopper penguins, marvel at the intricacy of a starfish's limb, and delight in the simple yet marvellous pulsations of a jellyfish ...

African black oystercatcher. This species, which mostly occurs in South Africa, is near threatened
Common lionfish, also known as a devil firefish – a poisonous ray-finned fish
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Cleaner shrimp offer a useful cleaning service to fishes on reefs. They remove parasites and infected growths. Reef fishes can often be seen queuing for these services
Entrance to the Two Oceans Aquarium
The giant spider crab from Japan is apparently quite a calm animal, despite its ferocious appearance
Jellyfish are ancient animals – they've been in our oceans for more than 500-million years, and possibly even much longer
In amongst the Nemos: clownfish surround children in a popular display at the Two Oceans Aquarium
Large sea fish in a kelp forest in the Two Oceans Aquarium
The endangered Knysna or Cape seahorse is endemic to the east coast of South Africa, where it has been found in only a very few habitats where there is brackish water
'Mermaid's purses' are the fertilised egg casings produced by some sharks, skates and chimaeras (a type of cartilaginous fish)
Northern rockhopper penguins are endangered, with their numbers declining 90% since the 1950s, according to one recent study. They live mostly on Tristan da Cunha and Gough Island in the south Atlantic
There are approximately 1 500 species of starfish in the world. Most species of starfish have the ability to regrow arms that are broken off. Different species have different numbers of arms
Visitors enjoy touching and feeling some of the plants and animals of the ocean at the Two Ocean Aquarium's popular touch pool
Shrimpfish, also known as razorfish, live in shallow, warm waters. They swim in a synchronised manner, with their heads pointing downwards
The South Coast rock lobster is a deep-water species that is not actually a true lobster (their claws are smaller than those of true lobsters). In South Africa we call them crayfish or kreef
A honeycomb moray eel. Eels are not snakes, but fish. And yes, they are apparently very slippery!
Cuttlefish are related to octopi and squid. They use their cuttlebone, which can sometimes be picked up on the beach in South Africa, to regulate their buoyancy
Juvenile African penguin. African penguins, formerly known as 'jackass penguins', are found only off the coastlines of South Africa and Namibia and are highly endangered. Juveniles are known as 'blues' due to their blue-grey colour

Visit the Two Oceans Aquarium's website to discover more: www.aquarium.co.za.

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