Discover some of our sharks!
SEA LIFE Sunshine Coast is home to 11 different species of sharks and the only place in Queensland where you can see the critically endangered and majestic Grey Nurse Sharks. Pop in for a visit and meet our resident sharks, Pallas, Patches and Huey and see these truly fascinating creatures up close as they swim above and around you in our 80 metre long Ocean Tunnel.
Some creatures you will meet here
Grey Nurse Sharks
Pallas has a droopy first dorsal fin. Patches is the mischief maker and keeps divers on their toes. Huey loves to cruise the display and nothing bothers him.
Grey Reef Shark
The grey reef shark is one of the most common species of shark found in the warm waters of the Indian and Pacific Oceans and can reach a maximum length of around 2m.
Wobbegong is the common name given to the 12 species of carpet sharks found in shallow temperate and tropical waters around Australia. They are well camouflaged and harmless if left alone.
4 Fascinating Facts About Sharks
Do you have a fascination with sharks? Checkout these interesting facts you may not have known about the incredible species of the deep.
1. Sharks have no bones
Sharks skeletons are made from cartilage (similar to what our noses and ears are made from) instead of bone. This makes their skeletons lighter and helps them to be naturally buoyant and able to float and swim without sinking or rising.
2. Find ancient shark teeth in our oceans
Sharks are losing their teeth all the time, in fact, they can go through thousands of them in their lifetime! Due to their skeletons being made from quickly decomposing cartilage, their teeth are often the only remains left behind after death. For this reason, most known shark fossils are only of shark teeth.
3. Some sharks can camouflage
Probably the most unusual looking shark of all the species is the wobbegong shark, who can be recognised by the skin flaps around their snout that make them look like they a beard, and the distinctive, protective colouration of their skin which has dark saddles and white rings on a yellowish to greenish-brown background, that allows them to blend into the sand on the ocean floor.
4. On the brink of extinction
Sadly, in 1984, Grey Nurse sharks were deemed on the brink of extinction in NSW and were the first shark in the world to be declared as critically endangered and given protected status. This was largely due to them being hunted in the early 1900’s, when their liver oil was used to fuel street lamps in Sydney, and in the 60’s and 70’s when divers hunted them for sports. While positive steps have been taken towards their conservation, only time will tell if the grey nurse sharks will continue their slow rise back from being an endangered species.
See Grey Nurse Sharks Up Close
SEA LIFE Sunshine Coast is the only place in Queensland where you can see Grey Nurse Sharks. Pop in for a visit and meet our resident Sunshine Coast sharks, Pallas, Patches and Huey. Nothing phases Huey, you'll see him cruising around the oceanarium without a care in the world. Pallas can be easily recognised by her droopy dorsal fin and Patches by his lazy jaw. So, you will see Patches swimming round with his mouth open, baring his teeth, quite often.
With a visit to our underwater world, you can experience sharks swimming all around you in our 80m ocean tunnel. It is the best way to get up close to not only Grey Nurse Sharks but also Sandbar Whalers (the biggest coastal shark in the world) and Wobbegong Sharks.
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- Price includes a Digi Photo Pass with 8 digital photos included – valued at $26!
- Save up to 20% when booking online at least one day in advance
- Book a day and time to guarantee entry - you will gain entry within half an hour of your designated time slot!
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- Enjoy 12 months unlimited entry to SEA LIFE Sunshine Coast Aquarium
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- Discounted additional experiences