THE SHARKS AT NAUSICAÁ
Finding yourself face to face with a shark, scary, isn’t it?
At Nausicaá you’ll be able to experience this several times during your visit, in the “Mankind and Shores” exhibition and on the Journey on the High Seas.
Whether big or little, settled on the bottom of the tropical lagoon or swimming around the high-seas tank, Nausicaá’s sharks come in a variety of shapes, sizes and colours.
Why do we have sharks at Nausicaá?
Because they represent the top of the marine food chain. As super-predators, they have an essential role to play in marine life.
Indeed, certain species of shark feed on sick or weak animals, acting as natural regulators of predators lower down the chain.
WHO ARE NAUSICAÁ’S SHARKS?
Sand tiger shark
Despite their size and menacing pointed teeth, sand tiger sharks are in fact quite gentle.
Halmahera epaulette shark
They are sometimes called walking sharks because they use their fins to move along the ocean floor. You can see them in the Island stories exhibition
You’ll see the leopard shark in the kelp beds of the Californian tank, it’s easy to recognise it thanks to its spots.
STUDYING WHALE SHARKS WITH MEGAPTERA
For several years now, Nausicaá has been backing the Megaptera association which studies whale sharks.
In 2016, 2017 and 2020, Nausicaá joined the “Whale Shark Mission” expedition led by Megaptera and Teria to carry out a photo-identification project and attach transmitters to whale sharks off the coast of Djibouti to identify and get to know them better.
DID YOU KNOW?
- The distinctive feature of sharks is that they have teeth throughout their life: their teeth, laid out in several rows, grow again when they fall out.
- As for the two biggest sharks, the whale shark and the basking shark, they are peaceful plankton and crustacean-eaters.
- Sharks are cartilaginous fish, like rays.