A zebra shark on the Dolphinhouse


Instead of Dolphins there was a nice and seldom surprise on the Dolphinhouse this week. A zebra shark! And Andrea could take some pictures. Thanks, that we can use it!

The zebra shark belongs to the family of the nurse sharks. It can be up to 3.5m long, but mostly remain under 2.30m length and usually lives at depths of 5 to 30m. For divers, they are not dangerous unless provoked. Their teeth are very small and their preys include various invertebrates such as sea urchins, lobsters, crabs and octopus but also small fishes. When hunting sharks show the typical behaviour of sucking-eating (such as the whale shark does), where they just suck out hidden prey (in columns or under boulders) by touched down the mouth and extend the throat thereby quickly.