We are thrilled to announce that this week, two Zebra Sharks were released into our 750,000 gallon Ocean Realm exhibit. The two sharks – a juvenile male, approximately 2 years old and adult female, possibly 10 years old – join another adult, female Zebra Shark that has been at Adventure Aquarium since April 2008.
We received the male from the Shark Reef Aquarium at Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas, as a recommendation from the Association of Zoos and Aquarium (AZA) through our participation in their Zebra Shark Species Survival Plan. It is our hope that the male will breed with the females in about two years, after becoming sexually mature.
Native to Pacific coral reefs, Zebra Sharks are considered mostly bottom-dwelling sharks whose diet consists mostly of mollusks, crabs, shrimp and lobster. You can meet these exciting new additions to Adventure Aquarium during your next visit. See them on exhibit in Ocean Realm – Zone A.
Learn how to spot them:
The good news is that you can’t miss them thanks to their light color, spots and beautiful long tails. Zebra Sharks do not have a bottom lobe on their tail like most sharks do, giving them and their tails a distinctive, snake-like appearance.
Did you know?
Zebra Sharks get their name from the black stripes that cover their bodies when they are young. As they mature, their stripes fade and turn to spots. Because of this, they are known as “leopard sharks” in some regions.