Two new sharks have arrived at SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium: The epaulettesharks are a popular home aquarium species.

Melbourne, June 2021 – Two new epaulette sharks have arrived at SEA LIFEMelbourne Aquarium! The small sharks named Peanut and Pebbles came to SEA LIFEMelbourne after their original owners realised they were outgrowing their homeaquarium tanks.

Epaulettes sharks are found along northern Australian coastlines and theyoften use their fins to waddle across reefs looking for food at low tide. Thesmall bottom-feeding sharks are a popular species for people with homeaquariums due to their size and nature.

Although classed as a small species of shark, the team at SEA LIFE Melbournewants to remind aquarium enthusiasts that this species may start small butwill grow to around one-metre-long. Therefore, when looking at housingepaulettes sharks at home, aquarium enthusiasts should plan for the long termand ensure they purchase an appropriately sized aquarium with substantialfiltration.

“It’s incredibly important for people to have an adequate size exhibit for thespecies they keep at home. Epaulette sharks are only around 10-12cm when theyare born but can grow to around a metre long as adults. A shark of this sizerequires a substantial swimming area, which allows them to forage, rest andexercise when required,” said Sam Fawke, Displays Manager at SEA LIFEMelbourne.

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“We had the capacity to welcome Peanut and Pebbles to SEA LIFE Melbourne, butthis isn’t always the case. We do not want to encourage people to bring theirsea creatures to the Aquarium – we want to remind them that they need to dotheir research before choosing to keep sharks at home.”

The Aquarium’s newest residents have been quarantining behind the scenes forthe last couple of months but have recently gone on display in the Coral Atollzone, where they can be seen among tropical reef fish and moray eels. Theepaulettes sharks can be easily identified by the large, black, false eyespotlocated on each side of their body.

Visitors to SEA LIFE Melbourne can also see a myriad of other marine speciesincluding penguins, stingrays, turtles and more. The Aquarium is closed duringthe current lockdown but will reopen when State Government restrictions allow.All tickets must be pre-booked online in advance. For further information,visit: www.sealifemelbourne.com.au

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