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Have you ever heard of a Sunfish?

Sunfish are the largest bony fish in the ocean. They can grow up to 3m in length and approximately 2000kg in weight. Ocean sunfish are found in all the oceans of the world, excluding the icy polar seas.

There are two species of sunfish found in the waters surrounding Cape Town: the ocean sunfish (Mola mola) and the sharptail sunfish (Masturuslanceolatus). Sharptail sunfishes are found only in warmer waters, thus they are extremely rare in the local waters. 

In recent years, a number of slender sunfish (Ranzania laevis) have also washed up on Cape Town beaches. These sunfish are believed to be the rarest of all sunfish species. Only ocean sunfishes (Mola mola) have been displayed in the Two Oceans Aquarium.

Do you know these weird and wonderful facts? And, Puzzles and games to occupy the kids while travelling by car.

The Two Oceans Aquarium assists international researchers of sunfish with the collection of DNA samples when Aquarium staff come across a sunfish in Cape Town waters.

Did you know?

  • Sunfishes are so called because of their habit of drifting at the surface as if basking in the sun
  • Sunfishes do not have tails as other fishes do – the caudal (tail) fin has been replaced by a rudder-like structure. The ocean sunfish has a rounded, wavy rudder. The sharptail’s rudder, as the name suggests, has a distinct point.
  • All sunfishes have small mouths and the teeth are fused together in each jaw, forming a beak like that of a parrot. The beak is internal and hidden from view.
  • They are the most fertile of all fishes, producing up to 300 million tiny eggs.
  • The name ‘mola’ is derived from the Latin word for millstone because of their similar shape.

Sprout your own Little Garden

Look out for Checkers Little Garden – a new collection of grow-it-yourself, environmentally friendly seedling kits for 24 different veggies, flowers and herbs to inspire everyone in the family to join in the fun and get their hands dirty, and in the process learn a bit more about food sustainability.

Each time Mom or Dad spends R150 at a Checkers or a Checkers Hyper store, she or he gets one free, while stocks last! There's also a limited-edition collectors’ case to keep seedlings in one place until they sprout, and mini garden tools and gardening gloves available for sale.

Customers who collect all 24 Little Garden seedling kits stand a chance of winning one of 20 Checkers vouchers worth R5 000. Additionally, three school choirs that enter and sing the best Checkers Little Garden song will win a share of R60 000 for their school. Lastly, customers who also buy any three participating brands stand a chance to win a food tour to Italy worth R100 000. 

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Smashers – the new collectables craze!

Smash your red smashball and reveal which character is inside, then you can battle, collect and score with your Smashers – as each one has its own Smash Point Value.

Series 1 is based on the world’s most popular sports, and it's just in time for the FIFA World Cup! The range includes both "good" and "bad" sport characters, along with rare Sports and Golden Trophies, all of which appear in the Collector’s Guide and Game Sheet that accompanies the toys.

Aimed at both pocket money and birthday money budgets, the range includes the Smashers one-pack, three-pack, eight-pack, and bigger Collector's Tin and Smashers Team Bus. Available at toy stores and retailers from R49.99 for a single pack.

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