By Lori M. Nichols | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com | Posted July 28, 2019 at 10:15 | Updated July 28, 2019 at 12.07
Six baby sandbar sharks are on display this summer in Shark Nursery at the Adventure Aquarium in Camden. (Lori M. Nichols | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com)
Think Your Child Sings "Baby Shark" Too Much, Already? Just wait until you bring them to this baby shark show at the Adventure Aquarium. Doo doo doo …
The temporary exhibition showing six adorable baby sandbar sharks brings visitors into an area never before available to the public.
The 9-month-old sharks are located in the quarantine building, along with other tropical fish and crustaceans that are not quite ready to appear. For the sake of health and safety of new fish, as well as current fish on display, all new animals are quarantined for 40 days. The tanks also contain fish that will be transferred to another zoo or aquarium, as well as those who breed, as the fish may require special conditions to succeed in producing offspring.
Two 9 month old sand bar sharks swim in Shark Nursery at the Adventure Aquarium in Camden. (Lori M. Nichols | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com)
Although sharks of this size only eat once or twice a week in the wild, the baby sharks are fed twice a day. They eat everything they normally want to eat in nature, including shrimp, herring and squid.
"We feed them more because they grow," Ehinger said. "In general, we feed the animals a little more, because it's a way to keep them happy."
Sandbar sharks are common along the coast of New Jersey and are known to be docile, with little, if any, threat to humans. "They are curious, and they tend to be a little smaller," Ehinger said. "Maximum size is about 8 feet, so even if you met one in the wild, you wouldn't be terribly scared … well, I wouldn't be scared," she said with a laugh. "A 15-foot shark for me is great."
Visitors watch while baby sandbar sharks swim in their tank in Shark Nursery at the Adventure Aquarium in Camden, Thursday, July 25, 2019. (Lori M. Nichols | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com)
have successful shark offspring born in an aquarium. "The fact that they are born here, we have taken care of the mother and to see these baby sharks grow up is incredible," Ehinger said. At least some of the baby sharks shown will be part of the aquarium's permanent collection, but only when they are big enough, which may not be a few more years.
The second annual Shark Summer at Adventure Aquarium continues through September 2nd. Located in Camden, the Aquarium hosts the largest collection of sharks on the East Coast and has the only major hammerhead on display in the United States. There is also a Shark Bridge – the longest in the world – where guests walk inches across the Shark Realm, and a Shark Tunnel, where visitors get a chance to feel they are underwater with the sharks.
In addition to the new babihai exhibition, there is also a new shark show – "It's Feeding Time!" – where guests can see when the sharks in Ocean Realm are fed. And even though the guests can't take on the baby sharks, as tempting it may be, they can reach the Touch a Shark tank and the pet of three different sharks.
Browse below to see more pictures of sharks at the Adventure Aquarium.
An 8 foot 900 gallon tank used to transport sharks less than 6 meters long on the screen at the Adventure Aquarium in Camden. This will be the idea used to transport the baby sharks. (Lori M. Nichols | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com)