Cape Town’s Two Oceans Aquarium has welcomed its most formidable inhabitants back in anticipation of the opening of the revamped predator exhibit.
Three ragged-tooth sharks have been captured and placed in the aquarium’s most famous tank, which continues to undergo a cosmetic upgrade.
Among other things, the new exhibit will feature realistic-looking rock formations, including a narrow crack that creates a hiding place for small fish and divers in distress.
The whole exhibit has been redesigned with the interests of the animals and the divers in mind. In fact, the crack also leads to a hidden medical pool, which provides a safe, secure location within the tank to treat sickly sharks or those prepping for introduction to the complex ecosystem.
As for the sharks themselves, the largest is a massive 111kg, 2,51m female named Dané, while the smallest is a little male named Bernie – he weighs no more than 34kg, and is only 1,82m long.
In the middle is Lily-May, who’s just a tiny bit bigger than Bernie. They’ve both got plenty of growing to do.
A total of nine sharks will be added to the new exhibit. “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,” says the aquarium.
The aquarium has promised a grand opening of the exhibit some time in the near future, but it’s also pointed out that visitors and fans should try to enjoy the revamp as it happens, as the process is gradual.