The first three of our nine new ragged-tooth sharks were moved into the recently revamped and refilled Predator Exhibit recently, and are currently settling into their new home.
Dané is a female ragged-tooth shark, caught off the Seavale coast near Kayser’s Beach.
At 2,51m and weighing 111kg, Dané is a large shark. She will be the second-largest shark in the exhibit, dwarfed by Samtu who will soon be joining them.
Dané is named after the wife of the angler who assisted our collections team in collecting her.
Lily-May is one of the smaller sharks that will be joining the Predator Exhibit. She was caught by East London veteran angler Roy Martin who has assisted our collections team over the years.
This little raggie is still small, weighing just 38kg and measuring only 1,78m long. Lily-May was the first shark to be added to the new exhibit, so she will always be special.
This shark is named after the daughter of Dr Matt Dicken, a leading South African shark researcher.
This little male is the smallest ragged-tooth shark that will be on display in the Predator Exhibit.
At just 34kg, he has a lot of growing to do! He is 1,82m long – slightly longer than Lily-May. He is lighter in colour than the other sharks, making his spots easily visible, but his colouration will change as he acclimatises to his new home.
Bernie was named after deceased angler Bernie Klowkow, by Two Oceans Aquarium Operations Manager Tinus Beukes. Tinus is the head of our collections team, and the man who collected this shark.
“I am positive that the sharks at the Aquarium are going to inspire people to want to conserve the ocean by polluting less, reducing overfishing and by making the right choices when it comes to buying seafood. I feel that having these sharks as a tool for education far outweighs any negative aspect of keeping them in captivity,”said Deen Hill, Collections Team Diver
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. This also gives our divers a chance to get used to working with a larger shiver of sharks.