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Wednesday, September 28, 2022


On July 17 Coral World officially opened its predator's tank at the marine park.
"Although the exhibit has been accessible to our visitors during our construction and collection phase, the opening reveals a number of improvements and new inhabitants," said Curator Dr. Donna Nemeth.
She noted, "New lighting will improve viewing of the sharks and other large fish. Our divers and sharks are working together to develop a feeding show where the sharks take food directly from the diver's hand." Starting on July 17, there will be a daily scheduled feeding with a narrated introduction to sharks and their habits. The Predator Tank features local shark species, plus other large fish such as barracuda, tarpon, moray eels, remoras, and jacks.
The aquarium department staff has spent the last few months fishing for sharks and other fish late in the evening, when such predators are more active. "This time of year, many shark species are coming in shore to birth their pups. Most of our sharks in the Shark Shallows are now about one year old, and are large enough to be released or to 'graduate' to the Predator Tank," said Nemeth. Several lemon and nurse sharks already have been moved to the new Predator Tank exhibit. "Young sharks adjust to captivity more readily and can be transported more safely-for the shark and the collectors–so it's a great advantage to start with juveniles and raise them to a larger size for this exhibit," explained Nemeth.
Nemeth said, "Coral World memberships are a great deal for frequent visitors, especially those with off-island guests." In addition to members-only events, members get food and beverage and gift shop discounts, and advance notice of all special events. Membership information and reservations for the Predator Tank Preview are available by calling 775-1555, ext. 247. Members may bring non-member guests.
For further information on Coral World exhibits, contact Dr. Donna Nemeth, Curator, at 340-775-1555 x227

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