BREED,
RESCUE,
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Shark Artificial
Insemination Research

Our Australian SEA LIFE Aquariums have been working closely with local scientific teams on ground-breaking research that we hope will safeguard the future of sharks. Focussing on key species at SEA LIFE, we’re helping to develop a program of assisted breeding using artificial insemination.

The project’s aim is to aid the regional and international management of populations in the wild. Artificial insemination has been used successfully in Brownbanded Bamboo Sharks (Chiloscyllium punctatum) at Melbourne SEA LIFE Aquarium.

Semen collected from males at Underwater World SEA LIFE Aquarium in Queensland was transported to Melbourne and used to inseminate female brownbanded bamboo sharks that then gave birth to pups.

This crucial work will lead to the creation of a genebank for endangered shark species from both captive and wild populations. It will also preserve the genetics the Grey Nurse Shark which is critically endangered on the east coast of Australia and help provide insurance against extinction.

Semen collected from males at Underwater World SEA LIFE Aquarium in Queensland was transported to Melbourne and used to inseminate female brownbanded bamboo sharks that then gave birth to pups.

 

This crucial work will lead to the creation of a genebank for endangered shark species from both captive and wild populations. It will also preserve the genetics the grey nurse shark which is critically endangered on the east coast of Australia and help provide insurance against extinction.

Imortant information

At this stage we do not have a definitive time frame for the opening of the attraction. However as soon as the site is handed over to us, we will be ready to proceed with getting the attraction opened as quickly and safely as possible. If you would like further information please reach out to the team at EUR SpA.