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SHARKS MOVE (article first published : 2004-04-11)

Some 30 sharks and stingrays have been moved from the quarantine holding tanks at Durban harbour and Salisbury Island to their splendid new tanks at their new home at uShaka Marine World. The mammoth exercise which included seven large sand sharks weighing between 80 and 130kg was undertaken by the Sea World team of aquarists and divers who have been hard at work preparing for this move for the past year.

The animals were sedated and moved on a stretcher into a water carrying tank complete with water circulation and oxygen supply. The tank were then transported to uShaka MARINE WORLD on the back of a flat bed truck. On arrival at uShaka divers in water swam with the sharks to ensure that the anesthetic wore off and that the sharks became familiar with the new tank.

It takes at least six men to move a shark from one tank to the next. Some of the specimens at uShaka are among the largest in the world including two Zambezi sharks each weigh in the region of 250 kilograms each. The species is believed to be responsible for a large percentage of all reported shark bites in South African waters.

uShaka Marine World will also house an impressive collection of stingrays, including Ribbon Tail, Honeycomb and Brown, some of which weigh in excess of 100kgs. These graceful beauties occur mainly in the warm waters of the western Indian Ocean.

Other than sand sharks and Zambezi sharks 13 ragged tooth sharks have moved into uShaka. Popularly known as Raggies, these are famous for their scary looking teeth. They look fierce but are in fact docile animals that prefer to live in caves.

More information from Kagiso Ntanga, PR Manager, on 031 328 8000, fax 031 328 8090 or e-mail: kntanga@ushakamarineworld.co.za




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