We recently completed a large scale health check-up. Under the leadership of our curator, our aquaculture engineers and veterinarians measured the weight and height of all fish from the sand tiger sharks to giant sting rays, from the alligator snapping turtle to the piranha, from the horseshoe crabs left from before the dinosaur era to the moray eel, from starfish to groupers. The shells of crustaceans like crabs and lobster and turtles were brushed and cleared of seaweed.
Kadife, our black roughtail stingray won the title of tallest organism in the check-up performed by our experts at SEA LIFE Aquarium recently with a length of 4.5 meters. Some of the other animals that underwent the health screening were the caretta caretta species sea turtle, which had an operation on its head recently, the cownose ray that was born a week ago and the 3 epaulette sharks expected to hatch from their egg cases. Smaller fish were subjected to a variety of tests including swimming, behavior and nutrition.
During the surveys a decision was made to apply a special nutrition program to the sea creatures that remained weak in contrast with others that showed excessive development. Aquarium renewal work was conducted for some of the fish that presented aggressive or excessively subdued behavior next to the fish that were changed with the nutrition program.
SEA LIFE Aquarium hosts the largest family of sharks in Europe with 55 sharks of 15 different species.
In the check-ups performed by our team of experts, the lengths of the sand tiger sharks, which are hand fed by our aquaculture engineers and divers twice a week, were determined to have reached over 3 meters and were recorded as healthy. It was also determined by the expert veterinarians that over 50 sharks of 14 different species were healthy.