Birth of four baby zebra sharks at the Nausicaá aquarium
The center of the sea of Boulogne-sur-Mer, Nausicaá, announces the birth of small zebra sharks, a species listed as endangered in their natural environment
This is a first for Nausicaá, the largest aquarium in Europe. The pair of zebra sharks, which evolve in the tropical lagoon of the site, reproduced at the Center de la mer of Boulogne-sur-Mer, in the Pas-de-Calais, which has not always been so lucky. with its sharks.
“Several babies were born between July and December. Very good news for the European reproduction program of which these sharks are part because they are endangered in their natural environment” announced the management of the center on Tuesday in a press release.
Harmless to humans
“Arrived very young in the aquarium in 2011, the two parents have now reached their sexual maturity and have mated. The eggs were collected and transferred to a reserve incubation tank, ”says Nausicaá. Four months later, four small zebra sharks were born.
“They are about 30 cm tall at birth and wear a striped dress like that of a zebra. This dress will evolve with the growth of the shark to become spotted ”, specifies the management. In the wild, the zebra shark lives mainly in the Indian Ocean and the Pacific Ocean, near coral reefs.
It stays, most of the day, at the bottom of the reef to feed on molluscs, small fish, and crustaceans. In adulthood, the animal can measure up to 2.40 m. It is harmless to humans and can sometimes be approached very closely.
In 2019, the center of the sea had experienced disillusionment with the death of the 30 hammerhead sharks in its aquarium.