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Why Are Some Sharks Always Swimming?

Some of the species in the Shark Lagoon, like the blacktip reef and sandbar, always swim. They have to move in order to get oxygen into their bodies through their gills. Other species in the Lagoon are ram ventilators–they can receive oxygen without moving. Examples of ram ventilators are zebra sharks, stingrays and freshwater sawfish.

Survival at Sea: Sharks

Ever wonder what happens under the ocean during a hurricane or major oceanic storm? The people at the University of Miami would have a pretty good idea. During a hurricane, the rain and winds affect the temperature, salinity and level of the sea. In addition to all the rough tides, this can cause a lot

Artist Dives With Sharks Tomorrow!

Tomorrow, December 9th, shark sculpture artist Victor Douieb will dive into the Shark Lagoon at the Aquarium of the Pacific for a live demonstration. Douieb dives with sharks to gain an understanding of their anatomy, movement, and habitat. His works originate in clay, are cast in bronze, and finished with a patina or stainless steel. He donates a percentage of

Shark Facts #3: Nurse Sharks

Up to 14 ft long and 330 lbs, “nurse sharks are nocturnal and will often rest on the sea floor during the day in groups of up to 40 sharks, sometimes piled on top of each other”(NatGeo). They are mostly harmless humans, but spear fishers could find dangerous competition with blood in the water.  See

Shark Facts #2: Blacktip Reef Sharks

Blacktip reef sharks (carcharhinus melanopterus), are common inhabitants of tropical coral reefs and shallow inshore waters. They are best known for the distinctive black tips on their fins and are often timid toward humans. Source: (x) The brand new Shark Lagoon Live Cam at the Aquarium of the Pacific features sandbar, sand tiger, zebra, nurse, and blacktip reef sharks, as

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