Shipping collected livestock from Durban to Cape Town

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  1. Reinard

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    Hey guys,

    I will be going to Doonside on holiday sometime in the next 6 months...

    I will be flying from Cape Town to Durban and back again.
    Is it possible to collect in Doonside, and ship back to Cape Town?
    If so, how much would it cost roughly....so far I'm thinking maybe 2 bumble bee shrimps, some zoas, and maybe a goby/blenny if I can find any of the above.

    Thanks,
    Reinard
     
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    459b Moderator MASA Contributor

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    You could take it as hand luggage
     
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    I think that would be a very bad idea. Wouldnt the big pressure change kill the fish?
     
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    What big pressure change?
    How do your think the fish got to SA in the first place?
     
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    When I use to fly, we were grounded for grounded for 24hrs after diving. Big planes cabin pressure is kept constant around 8000ft. When you go down in the ocean pressure increase much more than going up, this being said there is quite a big change in pressure between say 50ft down and 8000ft up.

    Dont they bring the fish over in a special container, keeping the temp and pressure constant.
     
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    nope they ship it in polystyrene buckets. keeps the water warmer for a bit longer but does nothing for pressure.
     
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    Are you sure this is legal? This would be ideal! But thought there's no way it's allowed.
     
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    The cabins are pressurized aren't they? So it should be fine...the change in pressure due to tying a knot in the fish's bag is probably bigger than the change in cabin pressure-outside pressure if I had to guess? Also, shipping livestock worldwide should be proof enough that it's safe :p
     
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    You are not allowed to take liquids on board aeroplanes, at least not in containers above 100ml - or is this only applicable on international flights?
     
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    Dude this is africa I brought two bottles of jack from Jozi after a paintball comp to cape town
     
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    I've taken fish and corals with problems. I packed them nicely in a cooler bag and they didn't even ask me about it. Think then 100ml thing is only for international flights.
     
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    Yeah, or you can just ask them to put your livestock container in the fragile hold, this is also temperature and pressure controlled. Have flown fish and corals like this many times from Durban to Johannesburg. In the overhead compartment once or twice too.
     
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    Where do you ask to do this? When you book your bags in?

    Thanks for the help guys...I think I will try just taking it as hand luggage, and if there are any problems, hopefully they can put the container in the fragile hold as hotdog83 suggested.
     
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    I normally just ask at the check in desk. You then take it with you through the scanner (just tell them there it is for the fragile hold). There are strollers and fragile items like gifts etc in there with it normally. The last time we did this was in 2011 I think (in June from Durban, in December from PE to JHB), haven't flown there in a while.
     
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    I done it 2 or 3 months ago. Used one of those Coleman cooler jugs. That seal properly.And took it in as hand luggage. No problem. They did ask and I showed them. No issue at al at Cape town Airport
     
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    Thanks, I'll do it that way! Hopefully they don't insist on putting it through the x-ray machine :eek:
     
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    Mine went through the hand luggage x-ray, all still seems fine
     
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    No problemo
     
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    So yapping pooch is no problem? Or is there a difference between a snapping crock, croaking frog, squawking parrot, singing cannery, hissing python, smelling skunk, sleepy hamster, wild kitty, or pretty fish or coral.

    Hand luggage?? Cure
     
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    My mom wants to bring her rat up on the plane from CT with Kulula but was told they only allow cats and dogs. Any truth in this?

    The rat is her baby and she does not want to leave it alone for a week.
     
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