Our professional animal staff cares for a number of shark species, from the nice hammerhead and tiger sharks, to the most important within the sea – whale sharks (sure, they’re part of the shark household). A few of these species are apex predators important to our ocean’s ecosystem. Sadly, people are the primary menace to their populations.
Nice hammerheads, zebra sharks, sand tigers and whale sharks are all endangered shark species that may be present in our care. An grownup nice hammerhead shark has no pure predators besides people. Each zebra sharks and whale sharks, thought-about innocent to people, have dwindling populations because of the air pollution of their habitats and harmful fishing practices.
An vital step in serving to endangered shark species is spreading consciousness to apply sustainability, whereas additionally educating others on the misperception that sharks are extremely harmful to people, when the truth is, people are the actual menace to sharks.
The Aquarium can be house to some fairly distinctive shark species such because the epaulette, swell shark and even wobbegongs. Every of those species have some unbelievable diversifications; the epaulette can survive for a number of hours with little to no oxygen, whereas the swell shark has the power to “swell” to twice its regular dimension to seem bigger to predators. Whereas these species don’t have the extra well-recognized shark options, they nonetheless play a key half within the ocean’s ecosystem.
Our analysis groups are keen about being advocates for these species. They work diligently each on the Aquarium and out within the subject, to extend our data and understanding of those species. These animals face the impacts from poor human practices in addition to different pure threats. As they proceed to say no, the steadiness of our ocean’s ecosystem is affected. By caring for these animals on daily basis, our groups can observe their patterns and behaviors to uncover very important data that’s then used to enhance conservation practices.
Be taught extra about these unbelievable animals and the work Georgia Aquarium is doing to assist of their survival throughout #SharkWeek and on our website.