Sharks

Sharks have lived in our oceans for more than 420 million years! That makes them older than trees!

Their brains have 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 in many different shapes and sizes and you can meet a variety of these when you visit us.

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.
 

The SEA LIFE Trust is working to protect Sharks in the wild.

Follow Sharks tagged by SEA LIFE in Australia as we seek to protect and learn more about these fascinating creatures!

The SEA LIFE Trust is working to protect Sharks in the wild.

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The SEA LIFE Trust is working to protect Sharks in the wild.

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Follow Sharks tagged by SEA LIFE in Australia as we seek to protect and learn more about these fascinating creatures!

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Follow Sharks tagged by SEA LIFE in Australia as we seek to protect and learn more about these fascinating creatures!

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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, Black Tip Reef Sharks prefer shallow, inshore waters.

These sharks are viviparous, meaning 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 Black Tip 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 Breeding

SEA LIFE is proud to be coordinating the European Black Tip Reef Shark breeding programme.

Shark Breeding

SEA LIFE is proud to be coordinating the European Black Tip Reef Shark breeding programme.

Shark Breeding

SEA LIFE is proud to be coordinating the European Black Tip Reef Shark breeding programme.

Zebra Sharks

We’d like to introduce you to our Zebra shark pair, Maxwell and Dotty. We are very proud to have this pair registered as part of the European stud book breeding program.

This bottom dwelling shark is found in all coastal waters of the tropical West-Indo Pacific including Australia and is considered a vulnerable species.

As a bottom dweller evolution has provided a way of pumping water over the gills without the shark needing to swim.

Nursehound

At least 21 species of shark are permanent residents in UK waters and this is one of them.

Nursehound’s go by many names including Bull Huss, Greater Spotted Catshark, and Greater Spotted Dogfish, some of which you may unfortunately recognise from fish and chip shops or the fish mongers slab.

Rather than giving birth to live young these small sharks are oviparous, meaning they lay eggs. Each egg takes 9-11 months to hatch meaning as a species they are vulnerable to over exploitation from fishing.