Ragged-tooth shark joins the Reef Exhibit

Storm explores her new home

After spending five months in a holding facility, Storm the ragged-tooth shark joined her kind in the uShaka Sea World Reef Predator exhibit on Friday, 16 August 2013.

Born at uShaka Sea World on a stormy afternoon, Storm spent all but the first two days after birth in a holding facility – safe from larger predators – under the watchful eyes of animal care staff.

Storm registered a birth weight of just 7kg, which meant she was too small to join in the competition for food in the Reef Predator exhibit and too small to remain with the adult ragged-tooth sharks. Although some of the sharks and other predators in the Reef Predator exhibit are small, she would have been unable to assert herself enough to compete for food.

Feeding time at the Reef Predator exhibit

In the interests of her safety and wellbeing, Storm was therefore taken to a quarantine holding facility where she could eat in her own time until she was older and big enough to be reintroduced into the Aquarium.

At the beginning of August, after five months of personal attention and good feeding, she tipped the scale at 17kg, indicating that the time had come for her to join the silvertip sharks (Carcharhinus albimarginatus), blacktip sharks (Carcharhinus melanopterus) and tawny nurse sharks (Nebrius ferrugineus) in the Reef Predator exhibit. Also living in the exhibit are a number of large bass, rock cod and snapper. 

We have no doubt that within the next two weeks, Storm will have settled down and begun feeding. Next time you visit the Aquarium, be sure to stop at the Reef Predator exhibit and look for the shark with spots – that's Storm.

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