The young sharks hatched out at The Deep 18 months ago, from
eggs sent to us by Shedd Aquarium in Chicago back in 2014. They now measure 1.2
metres in length and have been named Marty, Seb and Tommo. They have been
introduced to their new home in the Lagoon where they join a number of other
shark and stingray species.
Tom Rowe, The Deeps Aquarist in charge of their care, has
been working closely with the sharks since they hatched out last year. He tells
“We are very excited about being able to allow our visitors
to view our young sharks. Thanks to successful breeding and rearing techniques
this is the first time The Deep has been able to do this. At just over a year
old they are old enough and strong enough now for a less intensive regime,
however we will continue to monitor them closely.
“We have been weighing and measuring them on a regular basis
to make sure that they are developing as they should be. We have also been
training to feed from a target so that we can keep an eye on exactly how much
food each shark is eating. This target feeding will continue in the Lagoon and,
alongside our daily scatter feeds, will become part of the Lagoon dives.
Visitors will have the chance to see these techniques put into practice, up
close and personal.”
The Deep is actively involved in the EAZA (European
Association for Zoos and Aquariums) Breeding Programme for the Zebra shark and
in the coming year, two of the youngsters will move onto new homes in Europe as
part of this. This is to ensure they live with other non-related sharks in
order to form new breeding pairs.
The Deep has also successfully bred this species in the aquarium this year. Our female Zebra shark which is housed in the Endless Oceans display produced a number of fertile eggs which have been developing behind the scenes. So far we have 1 female and 3 males hatch out who have been named Izzy, Casper, Leonard and Arran.