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Sharks have lived in our oceans for more than 420 million years! That makes them older than trees!

 

Their brains have evolved to become more intelligent and devoted to their senses – mainly their ability to smell. There are over 500 species of shark in our oceans and you’ll meet lots of them when you explore our Pacific Shipwreck!

 

SEA LIFE Trust is actively working with the Shark Trust to campaign against unsustainable shark fishing in EU waters. SEA LIFE is also proud to be coordinating the European Black Tip Reef Shark breeding programme.

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The SEA LIFE Trust is working to protect Sharks in the wild.

Follow Sharks tagged by SEA LIFE in Australia as we seek to protect and learn more about these fascinating creatures!

A shark at SEA LIFE London

The SEA LIFE Trust is working to protect Sharks in the wild.

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A shark at SEA LIFE London

The SEA LIFE Trust is working to protect Sharks in the wild.

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Follow Sharks tagged by SEA LIFE in Australia as we seek to protect and learn more about these fascinating creatures!

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Follow Sharks tagged by SEA LIFE in Australia as we seek to protect and learn more about these fascinating creatures!

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Sand Tiger Shark

Sand Tiger Sharks look ferocious with a mouth full of pointy teeth, but our divers regularly jump in with them because they aren't dangerous to humans. They are, however, voracious predators of small fish, crustaceans and squid, feeding mostly at night and close to the ocean floor.

 

The Sand Tiger Shark has a very unique and curious habit. They come up to the surface of the water to gulp air and hold it in their stomachs. Sharks are naturally negatively buoyant which means they sink if they stop swimming. Holding air in their tummy like a balloon enables Sand Tigers to float motionless in the water without sinking. So they can silently drift up close to their prey and quickly snatch it in their jaws.

 

They can grow to be over 3 metres long and are found in warm or temperate waters throughout the world’s ocean, with the exception of the Eastern Pacific.

 

 

A shark at SEA LIFE London

Sand Tiger Sharks are also known as Grey Nurse Sharks or Spotted Ragged Tooth Sharks.

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We have a Snorkel with Sharks Experience!

Our Sand Tiger Sharks are called Bungle and Zippy and are both boys. Don't forget to say hello to them on your next visit!

A shark at SEA LIFE London

Sand Tiger Sharks are also known as Grey Nurse Sharks or Spotted Ragged Tooth Sharks.

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A shark at SEA LIFE London

Sand Tiger Sharks are also known as Grey Nurse Sharks or Spotted Ragged Tooth Sharks.

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We have a Snorkel with Sharks Experience!

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We have a Snorkel with Sharks Experience!

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Our Sand Tiger Sharks are called Bungle and Zippy and are both boys. Don't forget to say hello to them on your next visit!

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Our Sand Tiger Sharks are called Bungle and Zippy and are both boys. Don't forget to say hello to them on your next visit!

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Nurse Shark

To spot a Nurse Shark, look for the shark with the funny moustache! These dangley bits on their top lip are actually useful things called barbels. Barbels are covered in taste buds and are very sensitive, helping the Nurse Shark to find food hidden in the sandy seabed.

 

Most sharks must keep moving to breath because they need water to flow over their gills, but Nurse Sharks can stop swimming and rest. That's because they can pump water through their mouths and gills while they're sitting still.

 

In the ocean Nurse Sharks can gather in groups of up to 40. They hide together under submerged ledges around coral reefs, often piled up on top of each other. At night they become more active and venture out on their own to prey on sea snails, crustaceans, molluscs and other small fish.

 

In our amazing ‘Pacific Shipwreck’ you can see these amazing creatures in action.

Black Tip Reef Sharks

Found on the tropical coral reefs of the Indian and Pacific Oceans, Blacktip Reef Sharks prefer shallow, inshore waters.

Black Tip Reef Sharks is a shark that is active and very active. They’re hunting prey in the middle of the water and water surface. Normally, they eat other fish as food by using sharp teeth structure combined with swift and active swimming while attacking .But some types of behavior may attack marine mammals such as seals or sea lions. Black Tip Reef Sharks smell very quickly especially the smell of blood and can hear sound up to 2 kilometers.

Attention please!

In the face of COVID-19 outbreak, for the best interest of our visitors, employees and local communities, SEA LIFE Bangkok will be closed temporarily starting from Sunday 22 March until Sunday 12 April 2020 We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience. We look forward to welcoming you back as the situation improves.

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