New sharks for Daydream
DAYDREAM Island has three new permanent residents following the birth of three shark pups to Bonnie the blacktip reef shark.
The three pups, measuring about 59cm, were born late last week and according to Daydream are the first known blacktip reef sharks ever to be seen born in an open air aquarium like Daydream Island’s.
Despite their relatively common status in the tropical coral reefs of the Pacific and Indian Oceans, blacktip reef sharks are very rarely, if ever, witnessed giving birth in the wild.
“It’s amazing that despite their common occurrence in coastal waters, we still know so little about these sharks and their breeding habits,” said Living Reef Manager Brett Jeffries who leads a team of four marine biologists, including himself, at Daydream Island. “We hope the valuable information learned from this case will go some way towards providing the answers we have been looking for.”
The three new pups now need a name and Daydream Island is asking for your help to name the sharks.
Two lucky entrants in the name the sharks’ competition will win a three night stay on the Island. To enter visit www.daydreamisland.com