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Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Leah

A New Addition to the Shark Lagoon Family!

We have a new addition to the Shark Lagoon family, a bonnethead shark. These sharks have a head shape similar to a hammerhead. It is so cute! Our newest addition is about 46 centimeters (18 inches) long on its way to a length of about 0.7-1 m (2.3-3.3 ft.). It is adjusting well to its new home and eating well on a diet of restaurant quality seafood.

Did you know that you too can prepare food for and then feed the sharks? You can even get in the water with them. Scared?? No reason to be. You would be getting into the water with non aggressive zebra sharks. They suck in their food making a loud slurping sound. Shark Encounter allows our guests to have a personal encounter with the sharks. Imagine yourself in a wetsuit, in the water with the sharks………

In this and future blogs, I would like to share a few facts about Shark Lagoon. Opened in 2000, the exhibit includes three pools of 78 degree seawater. Two of the pools are touch pools where our guests can touch sharks, rays and horseshoe crabs. We have 150 white spotted and brown banded bamboo sharks in the touch pools. They grow to approximately three feet in length. Spending most of the time on the bottom in a “pile” of bamboo sharks, it is easy to gently touch them. Their skin feels rough because it is covered with dermal denticles, literally skin teeth. I enjoy seeing the amazed look on our guest’s faces when they touch a shark for the first time. The bamboo sharks are our prolific egg layers, laying between five and twenty five eggs per day. We feed them a cut mix of shrimp, clam, squid and sardines.

That’s all for now…

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