Sharks are one of the most misunderstood marine animals, largely due to them being portrayed as mindless man-eaters in many movies. To educate people on this misconception, S.E.A. Aquarium Society hosted an event at the Aquarium on 16 August 2017, titled ‘Sharks in Singapore’.
Participants got the rare opportunity to learn about sharks directly from shark experts, such as Dr Neil Hutchinson from James Cook University Singapore who is currently examining the distribution of bamboo sharks around Singapore, Kathy Xu from The Dorsal Effect, and aquarist Muhammad Izzat who takes care of sharks at S.E.A. Aquarium.
The Dorsal Effect runs sustainable eco tours in Lombok, Indonesia. Former shark fishermen are provided an alternative livelihood of taking tourists on snorkelling and conservation trips instead of going shark hunting. Founder Kathy Xu gave a heartfelt presentation about her journey with The Dorsal Effect and the immense challenges she faces to date.
Did you know that there are 16 species of sharks at the S.E.A. Aquarium? And that an ultrasound scan is the fastest and easiest way to verify if a shark is pregnant? These were just two of the many interesting facts aquarist Muhammed Izzat shared with the participants.
The aquarium’s curatorial team also set up a booth showcasing some of the equipment used when diving into the Shark Seas habitat for cleaning and feeding purposes.
A big thank you to all S.E.A. Aquarium Enthusiasts who attended the event. If you’re not yet a S.E.A. Aquarium Enthusiast, click here to sign up and be invited to monthly events like this in the future.
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