Sharks go to the big pool

2014-08-29 00:00

ANCHOR may only be 90 centimetres in length, but he is well on his way to becoming a perfect predator.

This hammerhead shark and three others were relocated from the Point Canal where they have been since March last year to the reef tank at uShaka Marine World.

uShaka Marine World spokesperson, Ann Kunz offered The Witness the opportunity to name Anchor yesterday. Five hammerheads will remain in the canal until they are large enough to make the move to the reef tank. The sharks were discovered in the shark nets last year and handed over to uShaka Marine World.

CEO Tony McEwane said the sharks now measure close to a metre whereas they were 30 centimetres when they arrived.

“The sharks had to grow a little before they were put into the tank with other sharks, or they would have been eaten,” said McEwane. He said they had been keeping the sharks in the canals because they did not have the facilities to keep them in a closed-off environment.

The sharks were separately netted in the canal enclosure by aquarists and carried by hand to a transportation tank to prevent damage to their eyes. “Because their eyes are located on the sides of their faces they could be hurt when relocating, so we wanted to minimise injury,” McEwane said.

Five sharks are still swimming in the Point Canal. They will be moved as soon as they grow big enough to face off their big siblings. Kunz said these young sharks pose not danger to humans or animals. He added no one has tried to harm the sharks in the canal in the past 18 months, where swimming is prohibited. Kunz said security officers monitor the canal 24 hours a day.

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