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Shark Babies Arrive at Scarborough Sea Life


Two very special captive bred Blacktip Reef Sharks and two incredible Bonnethead Sharks have arrived Scarborough Sea Life Centre this week.

The two Blacktip Reef shark babies – both just over six months old – have arrived at their new home from Germany, were they were among the first dozen baby blacktip reef sharks produced in a pioneering Europe-wide Sea Life breeding programme.

Though currently not endangered, some localised colonies of blacktips have been wiped out by the shark-finning industry.

Marine experts believe Sea Life’s programme could prove invaluable if captive bred blacktips are needed for future reintroduction to the wild.

Displays Supervisor Lyndsey Crawford:
“We are soon to complete a £200,000 redevelopment of our ocean display which will make it the perfect environment for these young sharks

“They are an unrelated male and female and the hope is that when they reach sexual maturity in four or five years, they will produce second–generation captive bred offspring, which would confirm captive breeding as a realistic safety net for this species.”

The Blacktip Reef sharks will be joined in a new-look ocean display called 'Shark Shipwreck' by a pair of baby Bonnethead sharks, which are members of the hammerhead family.
         
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