Marine Biologist Barbie launched at uShaka Marine World

BARBIE has launched the newest doll to the already inspiring career range available in South Africa. The ‘Barbie Marine Biologist Doll and Accessories’ promotes a career that focuses on studying and understanding marine life and conserving it by assessing the impact of human activity on coral reefs and other marine habitats. The doll is a new addition to a new line of Barbie dolls that break the mould, representing careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), in an effort to inspire young girls to pursue a career in STEM.

In collaboration with uShaka Marine World in Durban, Barbie hosted an engaging afternoon, including an inspiring talk from Devona Chetty, a local marine biologist who works for uShaka, and provided insight into the importance of understanding and looking after the ocean and its inhabitants. Invited moms and their children were able to take a tour of the aquarium, ask questions and learn about the importance of the work that is done on a daily basis at uShaka Marine Word.

Barbie’s latest Marine Biologist career doll continues the journey of inspiring the limitless potential in every girl, reminding them they can be anything. The Barbie Marine Biologist doll comes with a mobile lab and more than 10 pieces that let kids dive into storytelling! Kids can store the pieces in the lab case that opens and closes and decorate it with the stickers on the included sheet. With snorkel gear, marine life (like a dolphin!) and lab equipment, the Barbie doll takes kids on an underwater adventure.

“We are excited to partner with the Barbie team in shaping young minds. A career in Marine Biology is for those with an inquisitive mind, a passion for science and working with people and being in nature. Being a Marine Biologist involves loads of adventures, exciting fieldwork, being out at sea and diving under amazing conditions as well as some office work.  Marine Biologists begin their careers with a Bachelor of Science (BSc) degree before specialising in their chosen field and going on to make a positive difference in the world,” says Buhle Malunga, marketing executive at uShaka Marine World.

“At uShaka Marine World, most of our Marine Biologists work with turtles, fish, dolphins, seals, sharks and penguins.  A few of them spend their days collecting soil and water samples from the ocean and studying the samples under a microscope before recording their findings,” continues Buhle.

Colours and decorations may vary. The new line-up revealed is available nationwide and is subject to change and availability.

To get a look at what went down at the Barbie Marine Biologist Doll launch and hear from local marine biologist Devona Chetty, watch the video below: