Only a handful of aquariums in the world can claim credit for successfully breeding bonnethead sharks and S.E.A. Aquarium is one of them.
In this second part of a new series featuring the babies of our aquarium, we introduce the latest addition to the ever-growing family – the baby bonnethead shark.
Eagle-eyed guests at Ray Bay, Adventure Cove Waterpark might have spotted six younglings swimming in a pen. The bonnethead sharks are just three months old: Four of them were born on 5 Sep 2013 and the remaining two on 24 Sep.
Bonnethead sharks, under the hammerhead family, can grow up to 150cm but newborns are approximately just 25cm long. Here’s one interesting fact: At four to five months, this species has one of the shortest gestation period in sharks. However, unlike the great white, which has a lifespan of some 30 years, the bonnethead has a lifespan of only seven years.
Don’t be fooled by its awkward appearance; the bonnethead has a well-developed sensory and nervous system, exceptional vision and hearing capabilities, making it an efficient predator.
It might take a while before we can see these six young ones in action. In the meantime, do check out the adults at Shark Seas, S.E.A. Aquarium.