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There might be a carpet in our aquarium?

By Shane Graber - Posted May 25, 2011 06:00 AM
How did that get in there? Blackpool Aquarium staff in Lancashire, UK find evidence of an unknown carpet shark in one of their large shark aquariums.
There might be a carpet in our aquarium?

Carpet shark, photo ctbroek, flickr.

Carpet shark egg.
Carpet shark egg.

When the aquarium staff noticed shark eggs, they initially thought it was just part of the decor.  None of the sharks in the display laid eggs - they all gave birth to live offspring.  Upon closer examination, however, the staff confirmed the eggs were real and that they were laid by a carpet shark.

A carpet shark?  There was no record of a carpet shark being added to the aquarium.  Where did that come from?  The aquarium speculates a prior curator may have added the carpet shark to the aquarium and simply didn't document it, adding:

"The ocean tank is a massive half-a-million litre display with numerous dark nooks and crannies amongst the theming, and it is just feasible that a small shark could have stayed hidden." said senior aquarist Mr Sutcliffe.

Aquarium personnel are asking the public's help in locating the elusive carpet shark.  They hope to eventually capture and move her to her own aquarium.  The long term goal would be to partner her with a male in hopes of eventually producing offspring.

(via BBC)

Author: Shane Graber
Location: Indiana

Shane has kept saltwater tanks for the last 12 years, is a research scientist, lives in northern Indiana, and is a proud Advanced Aquarist staffer.


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