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Oregon Coast Aquarium Adds Sharks, Rockfish
|New sharks in their holding pen just before being released into
Passages of the Deep
(Newport, Oregon) – It’s been a busy two weeks
at the Oregon Coast Aquarium, with the famed facility adding a Rockfish
exhibit, adding five sharks into its fold, and its youth volunteers winning
early July, the Oregon Coast Aquarium introduced five Notorynchus cepedianus,
also known as broadnose sevengill sharks, to its Passages of the Deep
exhibit. The complex process of bringing the sharks up to the top of the
Passages exhibit and releasing them went without a hitch today as four
Aquarium staff members carefully lifted each one into stretchers that
held them in place while being transported. Each shark was weighed and
tagged before it was moved to enable husbandry staff to monitor its growth
and health. A towel was placed over their eyes during weighing and tagging
to reduce stress.
“These sharks will improve our collection and enhance
visitor experience,” said Aquarium Director of Animal Husbandry,
Jim Burke. The sharks were quarantined for over two weeks before moving
them into Passages of the Deep. Burke said he can't wait to see the reaction
of people as they enter Passages and see twice as many sharks over six
feet long as before, swimming all around them in the 200 foot tunnel.
said the 750,000-gallon tank in the Passages of the Deep Open Sea exhibit
is not very densely packed, so there is plenty of room for them. But how
the four seven gill sharks already in the tank would receive them was
not a certainty. “They do live in groups in the wild so we hoped
there wouldn’t be any aggression. So far, so good. The most interesting
part now will be observing the male to female interactions. Eventually,
we hope to breed them.”
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The sharks were caught in three separate trips to Willapa
Bay, Washington by Aquarium husbandry staff with help from the Washington
Department of Fish and Wildlife and two Willapa Bay fishermen.
The collection process was intense, according to Burke.
was a real adrenaline rush to handle five large sharks with extreme care
and get them into their new home as quickly as possible,” he said.
Burke and his staff drove to Willapa Bay, Washington with a 400-gallon
They took two vessels out: one for catching the sharks
and one for transporting them. “When we got a shark on the line
we unclipped the leader and swam the shark into a stretcher that holds
the shark making sure that its gills are always covered with water.”
Burke explained that the stretcher is lifted up and into the primary transport
box and brought to the secondary transport box which holds 400 gallons
of water infused with pure oxygen. This reduces stress and relaxes the
sharks. After a four and a half hour drive home the sharks were introduced
to their 25,000-gallon holding tank that serves as their halfway house
before going on exhibit.
sevengill sharks are known to migrate from Alaska to California on our
coast and all the oceans of the world. They are predators that can be
found in large concentrations. To acclimate them to their new home, they
were kept in a holding tank with visual marks on the sides. They are fed
directly from a pole so husbandry staff can track their intake.
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“In the wild they eat seals, other sharks, other
fish, anything they can get their teeth on,” said Burke. “We
feed them many of the same things, including salmon, mackerel, herring,
squid and sardines three times a week.”
Burke said although not much is know about their life span,
it is believed to increase in captivity by a consistent food supply and
removal of predators.
sharks have been named by Aquarium husbandry staff; L.D. (named after
an Oregon Dept. of Fish & Wildlife staff member), Bull, Mugs, Slash
(named after Guns & Roses guitarist) and Pongo is the spotted one.
All of the sharks are available for adoption in the Aquarium’s Adopt-an-Animal
program, which allows people to select and sponsor an animal with different
levels of support. The proceeds help to pay for the feeding and care of
the animal. Information is available on the website at www.aquarium.org
A new exhibit opened at the Oregon Coast Aquarium this
week - the culmination of over six months of work by six Oregon Coast
Aquarium youth volunteers. “Saving the World One Rockfish at a Time”
includes a mural which the students painted with Aquarium artist, Michael
Cole, a tank with live baby rockfish, a power point presentation and an
interactive display which allows visitors to age a rockfish by examining
the otolith, or ear bone.
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The new exhibit, Saving the World One Rockfish at a Time,
began as another project which the students presented at the National
Summit on Oceans and Coasts in Washington D.C. last November. The original
project, Rockfish Bycatch; An In Depth Study, tackled problems that include
misidentification and barotrauma in rockfish.
of the students was presented with an award at Seafest June 23 by Oregon
Secretary of State Bill Bradbury for the project. “The ultimate
goal of their project is to educate the public on the components of their
issue and the steps that can be taken to help reduce unnecessary deaths
of rockfish,” said Bradbury. “Please drop by the Oregon Coast
Aquarium and learn more about their project.”
The Student Youth volunteers involved in this project include:
Alice Anderson from Corvallis High School, Jenna Browning-Kamins from
Philomath High School, Lauren Dimock from Alsea High School, Alexander
Rose from Newport High School, Hayley Trivett from Newport High School
and Erin Schmucker from Dallas High School.
“They did a great job developing and fine-tuning
this project,” said Renee Rensmeyer, Aquarium Youth Volunteer Coordinator.
“They are also talented artists; their mural is beautiful!”
Rensmeyer said the project proposed some very well thought out solutions
to eliminate rockfish bycatch.
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