Sharks

Sharks have lived in our oceans for more than 420 million years! That makes them older than trees!

Their brains have evolved to become more intelligent and devoted to their senses – mainly their ability to smell. There are over 500 species of shark in our oceans and you’ll meet lots of them when you explore our Ocean Tunnel!


SEA LIFE Trust is actively working with the Shark Trust to campaign against unsustainable shark fishing in EU waters. SEA LIFE is also proud to be coordinating the European black tip reef shark breeding programme.

 

One of the absolute stars in our center is Zebra Shark Sweetie. Sweetie arrived to our center from Weymouth in year 2004 and is a  living proof of the fact that sharks are not ferocious predators. Sweetie is, like it's name, calm and enjoys the presence of our aquarists, when they are cleaning up the Ocean Tank. With the help of it's long tail and slim body, Zebra Shark moves around easily. Normally Zebra Sharks like to live on their own and hunts at dusk. During day time they rest in the bottom of the sea. 

The SEA LIFE Trust is working to protect Sharks in the wild.

Sharks can easily smell blood from up to one kilometer away but normally they are not harmful to humans. Often shark attacks are caused by sharks thinking that people, e.g. surfers, are seals.

The SEA LIFE Trust is working to protect Sharks in the wild.

The SEA LIFE Trust is working to protect Sharks in the wild.

Sharks can easily smell blood from up to one kilometer away but normally they are not harmful to humans. Often shark attacks are caused by sharks thinking that people, e.g. surfers, are seals.

Sharks can easily smell blood from up to one kilometer away but normally they are not harmful to humans. Often shark attacks are caused by sharks thinking that people, e.g. surfers, are seals.

Black Tip Reef Shark

We love our Black Tip Reef Sharks, they’re jaw-some! And with the prominent black markings on their fins they are easy to spot.

Found on the tropical coral reefs of the Indian and Pacific Oceans, Blacktip Reef Sharks prefer shallow, inshore waters.

These sharks are viviparous, meaning they give birth to live young rather than laying eggs. In the first few years of their life young Black Tip Reef Sharks often fall prey to larger fish such as groupers, Grey Reef Sharks, Tiger Sharks or even bigger Blacktip Reef Sharks. Juvenile Black Tips often use mangroves as a nursery ground; Hiding amongst the tightly woven roots where bigger Sharks can't reach them.

Shark Breeding

SEA LIFE is proud to be coordinating the European Black Tip Reef Shark breeding programme.

Shark Breeding

SEA LIFE is proud to be coordinating the European Black Tip Reef Shark breeding programme.

Shark Breeding

SEA LIFE is proud to be coordinating the European Black Tip Reef Shark breeding programme.