Raggie relocates at uShaka Sea World

  • May 16, 2013 | Ann Kunz

Storm the ragged-tooth shark adjusts to her holding pool

uShaka Sea World’s baby ragged-tooth shark (raggie) moved back into the Aquarium from quarantine this afternoon, after two months under the watchful eye of animal care staff. 

The raggie, a cartilaginous fish, was born during a powerful thunderstorm on Saturday 9 March 2013, earning her the name Storm.

During her time in quarantine Storm gained three kilograms by feeding on her favourite fish, yellowtail, but she needs to grow a bit bigger and be able to fend for herself before joining the other sharks and fish in the Predator Exhibit.

Veterinarians, biologists, quarantine staff and aquarists (uShaka Sea World staff) gather to ensure Storm settles down in her new home

Until then she is being housed in a special holding pool in the middle of the Aquarium, where visitors may view her daily between 10h00 and 11h00 or 14h00 and 15h00.

Ragged-tooth sharks (Carcharias taurus) are generally found in temperate and tropical waters of the Indian, Atlantic and western Pacific oceans. In South Africa they inhabit the country's southern and eastern coastlines. They grow to around three metres in length and live for 30 years, reaching sexual maturity after five years.

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