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SHARKS

We give you the chance to learn about and interact with real live sharks! Plus, watch one of our divers hand feed these apex predators!

Sharks are some of our favorites to work with! They are some of the most versatile animals on the planet! Sharks have been on earth for over 400 million years and there are over 1,000 species of sharks and rays alive today. Sharks have adapted to navigate and survive everywhere from coastal waters to the deepest depths! There is so much to learn about these beautiful, awe-inspiring predators. 

Our Sharks

Nurse Shark

Ginglymostoma cirratum

Lifespan: 25 years

Max size: 10-15 feet

                 200-330 pounds

Diet: Crustaceans, shrimp, urchins, octopuses, squid, snails, stingrays, fish

Conservation status: Data Deficient

Fun Fact: We can breathe while lying still! While some other sharks have to swim to breathe, we use muscles to suck water into our mouths and over our gills. This is called buccal pumping.

Lemon Shark

Negaprion brevirostris

Lifespan: 30 years (studies still in progress)

 

Max size: 9-11 feet

              200-550 pounds

 

Diet: Bony fish, rays, crabs, seabirds

 

Conservation Status: Near Threatened

 

Fun Fact: My retinas in my eyes have a special horizontal band (visual streak) that allows me to see fine details and color!

White Spotted Bamboo Shark

(Bamboo Cat Shark)

Chiloscyllium plagiosum

Lifespan: Unknown

Max Size: 23.6-37.4 inches 

Diet: Small fish, inverbetbrates

Conservation Status: Near Threatened

Fun Fact: Unlike the other species of shark at the aquarium, we are not indigenous to Florida waters. We are an Indo-pacific shark that are found here in Florida through the pet trade. We were all donated former pets that now cal the aquarium home!