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 and you’ll meet some of them here!

SEA LIFE Trust is actively working with the Shark Trust to campaign against unsustainable shark fishing in European waters. SEA LIFE is also proud to be coordinating the European Black Tip Reef Shark breeding program.

The SEA LIFE Trust is a registered marine conservation charity campaigning globally to protect sharks from the threat of finning and unsustainable fishing.

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 a registered marine conservation charity campaigning globally to protect sharks from the threat of finning and unsustainable fishing.

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The SEA LIFE Trust is a registered marine conservation charity campaigning globally to protect sharks from the threat of finning and unsustainable fishing.

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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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Nurse Shark

To spot a Nurse Shark, look for the shark with the funny moustache! These dangley bits on their top lip are actually useful things called barbels. Barbels are covered in taste buds and are very sensitive, helping the Nurse Shark to find food hidden in the sandy seabed.

Most sharks must keep moving to breath because they need water to flow over their gills, but Nurse Sharks can stop swimming and rest. That's because they can pump water through their mouths and gills while they're sitting still.

In the ocean Nurse Sharks can gather in groups of up to 40. They hide together under submerged ledges around coral reefs, often piled up on top of each other. At night they become more active and venture out on their own to prey on sea snails, crustaceans, molluscs and other small fish.

 

Black Tip Reef Sharks

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.

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 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.

Sharks, like the Blacktip Reef Shark, keep our oceans healthy by eating sick fish that could infect other animals.

Sharks, like the Blacktip Reef Shark, keep our oceans healthy by eating sick fish that could infect other animals.

Sharks, like the Blacktip Reef Shark, keep our oceans healthy by eating sick fish that could infect other animals.