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Oregon Coast Aquarium To Add Five Sharks
|Broadnose shark coming to the aquarium
(Newport, Oregon) – It’s known as one of the
nation’s top ten aquariums, and soon it will get just a bit bigger.
The Oregon Coast Aquarium will add five large, healthy
specimens to its most popular exhibit next week. It will introduce five
Notorynchus cepedianus, also known as broad nose seven gill sharks, to
its Passages of the Deep exhibit. The sharks were caught in three separate
trips to Willapa Bay , Washington, by aquarium husbandry staff, with help
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“These sharks will improve our collection and enhance
visitor experience,” said Aquarium Director of Animal Husbandry,
The sharks will be quarantined for at least 14 days 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
process was intense, Burke said.
“It 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 transport tank.
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.”
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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.
“The next step will be interesting to watch,”
Burke said. “We’ll take them out of quarantine and move them
into their new environment with the other sharks.”
He 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 they are received by the four seven gill sharks
already in the tank isn’t a certainty.
do live in groups in the wild so we hope there will not be any aggression,”
Burke said. “The most interesting will probably be male to female
interactions. Eventually, we hope to breed them.”
nose seven gill sharks are known to migrate from Alaska to California
off Oregon’s 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 are being 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. “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 that although not much is
known about their life span, it is apparently improved upon in captivity
by a consistent food supply and removal of predators. www.aquarium.org
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