It has officially been 23 years since the Two Oceans Aquarium first opened to share the wonders of the sea with locals and visitors in Cape Town. To mark its birthday, the fun-filled place of fish and fascinating water creatures has announced that locals can now get a free visit on their birthday.

Locals will be given free entry to the aquarium either on their birthday or within 6 days of the official date. To claim your free birthday entrance, all you need is to bring your ID, drivers license or birth certificate with you on the day.

The offer is only valid for South African citizens who are over the age of four.

If you are considering paying a visit to the aquarium on your special day, here are a few things you can look forward to:

1. Extraordinary jellyfish

 

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AMAKUSA 🎐🎐🎐 The amakusa, or Malaysian jelly, is a jellyvore – meaning it eats other jellyfish. #Nomnom ••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• 💙 Thanks for the video @vivianpretorius 📸 ••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• #2oceansaquarium #twooceansaquarium #aquarium #animals #capetown #southafrica #cityofcapetown #capetownvibes #meetsouthafrica #capetownbound #thisisafrica #weheartsa #amazingcapetown #underwater #sea #ocean #Monday #mondaymotivation #jelly #jellyfish #blue #purple #weird #alien #oceanalien #amakusa #malaysianjelly

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Two Oceans Aquarium has a selection of weird and wonderful jellyfish to see!

This Amakusa, or Malaysian jelly, is one of the few species of jellyfish that is jellyvorous, meaning it eats its own kind.

 

2. Adorable penguins 

Catch a glimpse of the cute collection of penguins here.

Filled with life and energy, the penguins are a must-visit when you’re at Two Oceans Aquarium.

 

3. Fascinating predators of the sea

 

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SHARKS · GLORIOUS · SHARKS 🦈🦈🦈 Did you know that South Africa’s ragged-tooth sharks have a unique way of swimming really slowly? They will swim to the surface and gulp a big mouthful of air. They use the bubbles in their stomach to remain neutrally buoyant – meaning that they can “hover” in the water without expending unnecessary energy. How cool? ••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• 💙 Thanks for the photo @annimi_burger 📸 ••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• #2oceansaquarium #twooceansaquarium #aquarium #animals #capetown #southafrica #cityofcapetown #capetownvibes #meetsouthafrica #capetownbound #thisisafrica #weheartsa #amazingcapetown #underwater #sea #ocean #shark #endangered #raggedtoothshark #sandtigershark #sherk #ermaghedsherks #underwater #family #Wednesday #didyouhow #fact

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View these ocean predators up-close and personal (luckily, from the other side of glass).

When visiting the aquarium, the sharks on show are a must-see.

 

4. The stars of the show

 

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SEA · STAR · RUN 🌟🌟🌟 Can you count how many feet a #starfish has? ••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• 💙 Thanks for the awesome video @freefox_gen 📸 ••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• #2oceansaquarium #twooceansaquarium #aquarium #animals #capetown #southafrica #cityofcapetown #capetownvibes #meetsouthafrica #capetownbound #thisisafrica #weheartsa #amazingcapetown #underwater #sea #ocean #sea #underwater #blue #seastar #motivation #fishgram #instafish #Wednesday #amazing #unusual #alien

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Take a closer look at the various amazing starfish in the aquarium.

 

5. Visit the turtles 

 

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MAJESTIC · AS · HECK 🐢🐢🐢 Bob is just – wow! Be sure to say hi to this gorgeous animal on your next visit. ••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• 💙 Thanks for the awesome photo @kara_berkow 📸 ••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• #2oceansaquarium #twooceansaquarium #aquarium #animals #capetown #southafrica #cityofcapetown #capetownvibes #meetsouthafrica #capetownbound #thisisafrica #weheartsa #amazingcapetown #underwater #sea #ocean #bob #turtle #seaturtle #greenturtle #blue #gentle #love #loveanimals

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Make your way to see the majestic turtles.

Their air of gentle wisdom is not easily forgotten and no visit to the aquarium is complete without a visit to these creatures.

 

See T&Cs for free birthday visits here. 

 

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Aimee Pace

Aimee is an avid gamer, enthusiastic yogi and animal lover. Addicted to anime, coffee and plant-based meals. Current favourite pastimes include, sewing and learning Japanese.