The moment we’ve all been waiting for has arrived!

The first three of our nine new ragged-tooth sharks were moved into the recently revamped and refilled Predator Exhibit this morning, 27 June 2017, and are currently settling into their new home.

Over the coming weeks six more sharks will be introduced to the exhibit. 

Moving sharks in

Lily-May leaves the stretcher - the first shark is officially swimming in the exhibit.

“I am really excited about having some impressive-looking ragged-tooth sharks back, not just because they contribute to a beautiful and somewhat dramatic display with a strong ocean conservation message, but because we can also continue with our shark research. Once again we will showcase our ability to combine art and science to tell remarkable underwater stories.” – Maryke Musson, Curator

Little Bernie takes his first swim in the new Predator Exhibit, our divers are making sure he is in good health.

“I am excited to have the sharks come back, because they are amazing animals to see. It's not every day that one can experience a close encounter with enormous jaws passing you by” – Shanet Rutgers, Aquarist

An aquarist slowly rouses Dané, making sure that the anaesthetic has worn off so that she can swim safely.

Meet our first three new sharks

Dané

Dané is a female ragged-tooth shark, caught off the Seavale coast near Kayser’s Beach.

At 2,51m and weighing 111kg, Dané is a large shark. She will be the second-largest shark in the exhibit, dwarfed by Samtu who will soon be joining them.

Dané is named after the wife of the angler who assisted our collections team in collecting her.


Lily-May

Lily-May is one of the smaller sharks that will be joining the Predator Exhibit. She was caught by East London veteran angler Roy Martin who has assisted our collections team over the years.

This little raggie is still small, weighing just 38kg and measuring only 1,78m long. Lily-May was the first shark to be added to the new exhibit, so she will always be special.

This shark is named after the daughter of Dr Matt Dicken, a leading South African shark researcher.


Bernie

This little male is the smallest ragged-tooth shark that will be on display in the Predator Exhibit.

At just 34kg, he has a lot of growing to do! He is 1,82m long – slightly longer than Lily-May. He is lighter in colour than the other sharks, making his spots easily visible, but his colouration will change as he acclimatises to his new home.

Bernie was named after deceased angler Bernie Klowkow, by Two Oceans Aquarium Operations Manager Tinus Beukes. Tinus is the head of our collections team, and the man who collected this shark.


It takes some heavy lifting equipment to move a 111kg beauty like Dané.

“I am positive that the sharks at the Aquarium are going to inspire people to want to conserve the ocean by polluting less, reducing overfishing and by making the right choices when it comes to buying seafood. I feel that having these sharks as a tool for education far outweighs any negative aspect of keeping them in captivity.” – Deen Hill, Collections Team Diver

Sharks need time to become accustomed to their new habitats, so we are adding them in small groups to give them time to get to know their new home. This also gives our divers a chance to get used to working with a larger shiver of sharks.

“I'm excited that the sharks are here, because when people come to the Aquarium they don't want to see just baby sharks. Seeing a lion cub is not the same as seeing a big lion, so seeing the big sharks is very exciting.” – Krish Lewis, Aquarist

More sharks are on their way! Keep your eye on our exhibit as even more jawsomeness is added over the coming days! Once the sharks are settled, we will be able to start determining which species to introduce along with them. As always, watch this space.

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More pictures from the introduction of the sharks

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