Wednesday, June 12, 2013

New Bonnethead Sharks Added to Stingray Bay Touch Tank

The stingrays in our Tropical Cove just got some new friends! Recently, two bonnethead sharks were added to the Stingray Bay touch tank. Staff introduced the two sharks (one male, one female) to the exhibit two weeks ago, and have been observing them closely.

Two bonnethead sharks arrive at the Aquarium in a temporary transport tank

The sharks acclimated well to their new environment and tank mates. In fact, they began investigating their new surroundings as soon as they were placed in the touch tank – swimming slowly and not bumping the sides of the tank, which are known as good signs for fish in a new habitat.

In the wild, bonnetheads live in both the Atlantic and Pacific oceans and are found near coral reefs, in mangroves, and other shallow coastal waters. They are the smallest species of hammerhead-like sharks and can grow to three to five feet in length. Ours are currently about two feet long.

As for now, we are still asking visitors not to touch the sharks until they have had a little more time to get used to their new home. However, they are a lot of fun to watch as they can often be seen swimming at the surface with their dorsal fins above water.

Check out this video of one of our new bonnetheads being introduced to the touch tank:

1 comment:

Adam Sommer said...

The Stringray Bay Touch Tank was one of our favorites at the aquarium - loved that it was included in the price of admission too (rather than charging an extra fee like they do in my hometown).

Chattanooga is lucky to have such a great aquarium!