You must see these baby sharks in this N.J. aquarium
By Lori M. Nichols | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com | Posted on July 28, 2019 at 10:15 | Updated on July 28, 2019 at 12:07
This summer, six baby sandbar sharks will be exhibited at the Shark Nursery at the Adventure Aquarium in Camden. (Lori M. Nichols | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com)
Do you think your child is already singing too much "baby shark"? Just wait until you take them to this baby shark exhibit in the Adventure Aquarium. Doo doo doo …
The temporary exhibition of six delightful baby sandbar sharks takes visitors to an area that has never before been accessible to the public.
The 9-month-old sharks, along with other tropical fish and crustaceans, are housed in the quarantine building, which is not yet ready to be exhibited. All new animals will be quarantined for 40 days to ensure the health and safety of new fish as well as of the fish currently exhibited. The tanks also house fish that are moved to another zoo or aquarium, as well as farmed animals, as these fish may require special conditions to successfully breed offspring, and it also houses other fish that are not yet in the Adventure Aquarium exhibited in Camden. (Lori M. Nichols | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com)
The baby sharks are housed in a large, open basin in the Shark Nursery, where visitors are only a few inches from where the 30-inch long ones are Sand sharks swim. "It's really amazing to see baby sharks," said Samantha Ehinger, biologist at Adventure Aquarium. Sandbar shark puppies are usually about 20 to 24 inches long at birth.
The exhibit shows the care with which sharks are reared, and uses multiple transport containers and signage to show how biologists monitor the growth of sharks as well as the sharks filter systems that are needed to keep everyone healthy.
Visitors watch baby sandbar sharks swim in their tanks at the Adventure Aquarium in Camden on Thursday, July 25, 2019. (Lori M. Nichols | NJ Advance.) Media for NJ.com)
It is not common to have successful shark offspring born in an aquarium. "The fact that they were born here, we took care of the mother and seeing how these baby sharks grow up is incredible," said Ehinger. At least some of the baby sharks on display will be part of the aquarium's permanent collection, but only if they are big enough, which may take a few more years.
The second annual shark summer at the Adventure Aquarium continues on 2 September. The Camden Aquarium houses the largest collection of sharks on the East Coast and features the only large hammerhead exhibited in the US. There is also a Shark Bridge – the longest in the world – where guests walk inches above the Shark Realm, and a Shark Tunnel where visitors feel like they're underwater with the sharks.
In addition to the new baby shark show, there is also a new shark show – "It's Feeding Time!" – where guests can watch the sharks being fed at Ocean Realm. And while the guests can not touch the baby sharks, as tempting as they may be, they can grab the Touch a Shark Tank and pet three different little sharks.
Scroll down to see more pictures of sharks in the Adventure Aquarium.
An 8 foot 900 gallon tank that is used to transport sharks less than 6 feet in length and displayed at the Adventure Aquarium in Camden. This is the tank where baby sharks are transported. (Lori M. Nichols | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com)
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