- SEA LIFE, Ocean Tunnel
A shark’s skeleton is made up of cartilage!
Just like the bendy bit in your nose.
A sharks brain has evolved to become more intelligent and devoted to their senses – mainly their ability to smell. There are over 500 species of shark in our oceans and you’ll meet different species when you explore our Ocean Tunnel!
- SEA LIFE Trust is actively working with the Shark Trust to campaign against unsustainable shark fishing in EU waters. SEA LIFE is also proud to be coordinating the European Black Tip Reef Shark breeding programme.
Black Tip Reef Shark
We love our Black Tip Reef Sharks, they’re jaw-some! And with the prominent black markings on their fins, they are easy to spot.
Found on the tropical coral reefs of the Indian and Pacific Oceans, Blacktip Reef Sharks prefer shallow, inshore waters.
Baby black tip reed sharks are often the favourite prey for larger groupers or larger sharks so they spend a lot of time hiding away from threats. Poor little guys!
Among the most abundant sharks
That inhabit the tropical coral reefs of the Indian and Pacific Oceans, this species prefers shallow, inshore waters. Its exposed first dorsal fin is a common sight in the region. Most blacktip reef sharks are found over reef ledges and sandy flats, though they have also been known to enter brackish and freshwater environments. This species typically attains a length of 1.6 m (5.2 ft).
Did you know?
- Newborn sharks are found further inshore and in shallower water than adults, frequently roaming in large groups over areas flooded by high tide
- They give birth to live young rather than laying eggs. In the first few years of their life young Black Tip Reef Sharks often fall prey to larger fish such as groupers, Grey Reef Sharks, Tiger Sharks or even bigger Blacktip Reef Sharks. Juvenile Black Tips often use mangroves as a nursery ground; Hiding amongst the tightly woven roots where bigger Sharks can't reach them.
Shark egg cases are called Mermaids Purses
In the shark nursery pool you will see our newly hatched tropical brown-banded bamboo and white-spotted bamboo sharks alongside our baby blue spotted stingrays.
White spotted bamboo shark
A carpet shark in adult size approaches a metre in length but when born is just 15cm. As adults they become brown with faint suggestions of bands, the juveniles here are distinctly barred dark/pale.
Who you'll also meet
Discover Bowmouth Guitar Sharks, Guitar Shovelnose and Black Tip Reef Sharks that we also hope to breed. Please keep an eye on Shark Mission as you might hear the pitter-patter of tiny fins soon!