Situated on the False Bay coast in Cape Town, South Africa, the Save Our Seas Foundation Shark Education Centre overlooks the ocean opposite the incredible Dalebrook Marine Protected Area. This unique location is the perfect base for experiential educational activities.
The Save Our Seas Foundation Shark Education Centre is designed to meet the needs of the different groups we engage with and facilitate learning in multiple ways.
Using art to create awe
Many people struggle to connect with the ocean, with its inaccessible waters and seemingly frightening inhabitants. Art is a beautiful tool to communicate science, demanding our attention and appreciation of nature’s beauty. We have transformed our Centre into a magical underwater realm, using colourful murals and sculptures made of recycled materials.
Experience the ocean’s wonders first-hand
Observe and interact with the underwater life on our doorstep in the Dalebrook marine sanctuary in False Bay. When the sea is rough or the tide is too high, you can explore the touch tank and pretend you are rock-pooling. For those interested in deeper waters, we also have an aquarium tank showcasing some of the kelp forest animals.
Learning through play
Children and young people love to play, so by incorporating play into our programmes and exhibits, learners explore the underwater world while having fun. At our Centre, they can play a game of shark bingo, become a shark scientist for the day at our touch-screen table, or even play the shark tooth wheel of fortune!
Exploring nature using technology
Technology is becoming increasingly important in our lives. Although our team are big advocates for putting away those screens and connecting with the natural world, we also recognise the role of technology in learning. For example, our microscope allows you to zoom in and discover details of marine life too small for the naked eye. Or you could zone out in an audiovisual dome for a private Q&A with the world’s top shark and ray scientists.