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Sharks at SEA LIFE

Talks & Feeds | SEA LIFE Aquarium

Meet Our Sharks!

Sharks have lived in our oceans for more than 420 million years. 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 SEA LIFE Orlando Aquarium features several amazing species such as black tip reef sharks, nurse sharks, bamboo sharks, epaulette sharks, coral cat sharks and a zebra shark. 

See if you can spot them all!

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Zebra Shark

Did you know that zebra sharks get their name from the stripes they have when they're born? As they grow, the stripes slowly turn into spots! Because of this, many people confuse zerbra sharks for leopard sharks.

Our zebra shark's name is Joy, and she was brought to us as part of an AZA breeding program to help keep zebra sharks from becoming endangered! Can you spot her in our tank?

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Black Tip Reef Shark

Blacktips get their name from the black tips on their fins. They prefer shallower water and typically swim close to the surface. Blacktips are also known to leap out of the water and even rotate in the air!

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Bamboo Shark

Unlike most sharks, bamboo sharks tend to stay in the sand and avoid swimming. Their fins help push them along the sand!

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Epaulette Shark

Epaulette sharks have large spots resembling eyes on their backs to scare away predators. They also prefer warm, shallow water in coral reefs and tend to walk along the sand to get around!