The Apprentice Longhair is a bit of a chip off of the Old Block as she also loves to spend hours wandering through museums and art galleries.
Much to our dismay we have not been to Bayworld for quite some time – mainly having been put off by the doom and gloom surrounding the facility since the Dolphins left for pastures blue.
Unfortunately for staff and volunteers at Bayworld the numbers of visitors have waned a bit over the years and they find themselves in a facility in much need of a face-lift and regeneration.
BUT, there is a major contrast in attitudes between administrative and operational staff – the admin staff do not seem to have energy whilst the operational staff who look after the remaining animals appear to still have a great energy and love for their charges which are now Penguins, Seals, Turtles and Reptiles.
Animal feeding time at 15h00 was accompanied with seals interacting with the public and informative titbits about the animals.
The museum itself is still a fascinating place to wander around in with new stuff to learn at every turn – my take away for the day was to learn that the North End Lake – which the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium looks out over – was actually one of the region’s salt pans and was formerly known as “The Saltpan” (a hand to forehead moment right there). In 1894 the Prince Alfred’s Park Sailing Club was formed and soon after a clubhouse opened. During this time regular swimming galas took place at the lake. In the 1930’s the lake was stocked with a variety of fish species: cob, steenbras, salmon, stompies, springers and musselcracker.
Entrance to Bayworld is R45.00 for adults – concessionary rates apply.
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