Two Oceans Aquarium uses Steve Benjamin’s image on entrance archway

The Two Oceans Aquarium has re-done their entrance arch with one of Steve’s split-level images and it’s massive! The idea for this project was to take visitors underwater, without them getting wet. Walking beneath this arched image will bring visitors from the V&A Waterfront into the underwater realm of the Aquarium as they leave all visions of life on land behind…

Image installation at the Two Oceans Aquarium

Why is the water so clean ?

The staff at the Two Oceans Aquarium had a choice between three different images, which were taken on two different days. The clean water you see in the images is caused by strong South Easterly winds which triggers an upwelling event. Upwelling brings cold nutrient rich waters to the surface – this water is out of range of light loving phytoplankton which causes the normal green colour in the water. When upwelling happens the water is seriously cold at around 9-12 degrees Celsius. This clean water does not last long and within 24 hours this water turns green as algae blooms in reaction to the new available nutrients.

Have a look at the 3 image options below. We think they chose the best one for the job!

If you are in Cape Town please go visit the Two Oceans Aquarium, and if you want to experience the kelp forest for yourself join us on a Seal Snorkeling trip!

Twelve Apostles and kelp forest. Image: Steve Benjamin

Twelve Apostles, seal and kelp forest. Image: Steve Benjamin

Mountain range and kelp forest. Image: Steve Benjamin