Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Bayworld

The Bayworld Complex on the Port Elizabeth beachfront consist of the Port Elizabeth Museum, Snake Park and Oceanarium. I have done several posts about Bayworld on my blogs, most recently a series of 10 photos early in April on Port Elizabeth Daily Photo. I visited it quite often as a child and it lightens my heart that the Rugrats also enjoy going there. Unfortunately the complex is having financial problems and any exposure and assistance helps, hence this post.

My interest in dinosaurs and fossils was always fueled by the Dinosaur Hall. The main feature in the exhibit is the life size Algoasaurus of which bones were found in the area. My favorite exhibit though is the Shipwreck Hall with all the noteworthy wrecks from around Algoa Bay.

Another popular exhibit at Bayworld is the Marine Hall with the central feature being the skeleton of the last Southern Right Whale to be hunted in Algoa Bay. Other things forming part of this hall are whale and shark exhibits.

Currently there is a temporary exhibit next to the Snake Park called Africa's Lost World. The exhibit consists of several life sized moving dinosaurs. The Snake Park's permanent exhibit includes a big number of local and foreign snakes, crocs, lizards, tortoises and turtles.

The Port Elizabeth Oceanarium was made famous by its dolphin family and their performances. Unfortunately the last two dolphins were moved to Hong Kong about a year ago. Even though there isn't any dolphins anymore, the Oceanarium still does seal and penguin presentations along with a new feature called the penguin walk. The Oceanarium also has its two aquariums, a small one with tropical fish and a large one with sharks, various fish species and turtles.

7 comments:

  1. There are so many interesting places in SA that I have never heard about, very sad dont you think!!

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  2. Cool place! Too bad they are strapped now as many places like this are.

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  3. Such a great place to learn. To bad about the financial problems.
    I went to the whale museum in Hermanus and really enjoyed it. Plus the penguins near Simon's Town were so cute and entertaining.

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  4. Fascintating place. I will make a not to visit there when we're next in PE. So sad about the financial problems. Places like this should be preserved for our children!

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  5. Neato! Those skeletons and displays look very impressive!

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  6. Hi Jonker, I enjoyed taking the kids there when they were younger (much younger)and wanted to start the tradition with the grandkids as well.
    I found that there fee structure was ridiculous, because the last time I went there I had to pay to visit all three areas of the complex, even though I just wanted to go to the museum.
    The result is that I took my grandson once and have not been back.
    I do not know if the fee structure is still the same, but my view is that if they offered visitors a choice, they would get more visitors.
    I did question it at the time and was given their justification.
    The reality is that I have never been back, even though I have wanted to.

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  7. Wonderful Jonker. It sure has changed since the last time I was there.

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