Ushaka Marine World
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uShaka Marine World is a theme park located in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. It comprises 4 sections, uShaka Sea World, uShaka Wet 'n Wild, uShaka Beach and uShaka Village Walk. It is located on the strip of land between the beachfront and the harbour. It was the first phase in the redevelopment of the Durban Point into a new tourist and lifestyle hub of the city.
It is the 5th largest aquarium in the world boasting 32 tanks totaling 17,500 cubic meters of water. The sea creatures found in the aquarium range from small sea horses all the way through to sharks and dolphins. The Aquarium is built to look like an old wreck. The Phantom Ship contains a number of restaurants and cafes and serves as the entrance to the aquarium. The most notable of these restaurants is "The Cargo Hold" restaurant which contains a full wall sized aquarium containing a number of sharks which are visible from most of the dining areas. The dolphin stadium has the capacity to seat 1 200 visitors and the seal stadium can seat around 350 guests.
Notable fish species include: • Ragged-tooth sharks • Giant grouper • Giant guitarfish • Hammerhead sharks • Hagfish
uShaka also housed a Manta ray for a short period of time before moving it across to the American Georgia Aquarium.
There is also a display of various reptiles, amphibians and arachnids, some of which are venomous