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Love sharks? We just added a beautiful sandbar shark to the Open Sea exhibit. Believe it or not, this shark originally came from Hawaii on an airplane. Since then, it’s been growing up behind the scenes at our Animal Research and Care Center in Marina, until we felt it was large enough to go on display!
It’s Shark Week on the Discovery Channel! Did you know that after renovating our million-gallon Open Sea exhibit in 2011 we added a new species, the sandbar shark? This beautiful animal is one of the largest coastal pelagic sharks, and can grow to eight feet.
How’s our beautiful new sandbar shark doing? According to Jon Hoech, director of husbandry operations, he’s “navigating the Open Sea exhibit very well, and has integrated with the rest of the population without problems. We’re pleased!” And, as you can see here, he’s also quite popular with pilot fish!
Watch him now on our live web cam.
For the first time ever, the Aquarium is exhibiting a sandbar shark (carcharhinus plumbeus), in our million-gallon Open Sea exhibit. The male shark, originally from Hawaii, has been growing up behind the scenes in our Animal Research and Care Center in Marina. The new shark is 43 pounds and measures four feet, six inches, and you can see it now on our live web cam!