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Sea Life introduces New Zebra Shark

Jul 10, 2015 12:28PM ● Published by Jason Huddle

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 Concord - SEA LIFE Charlotte-Concord Aquarium (SEA LIFE)  has released a zebra shark, a new species for the aquarium, into its tank earlier today. SEA LIFE guests welcomed the 4-foot young shark into her new home and spent the morning learning more about the new creature during special Shark Week educational sessions. The zebra shark joins SEA LIFE as the seventh species of shark living at the aquarium.
 
Native to the Indo-Pacific region, zebra sharks can grow up to eight feet in length. The species is named after the pattern of narrow lines found on juveniles. The zebra shark’s prominent body ridges and remarkably long tail help distinguish it from other species of sharks. Nicknamed “carpet fish”, these bottom-dwelling creatures have the ability to breathe easily while resting on the sea floor.
 
While young zebra sharks begin life with stripes on their skin, as they grow, the stripes spread and become spots. SEA LIFE Aquarium in Brighton, England named its zebra shark “Dotty” because of the creature’s distinctive markings.  
 
“The zebra shark is a great addition to SEA LIFE’s family. This creature is unique in comparison to many other shark species=C and guests now have the opportunity to see its striking appearance up close,” said Dalia Goldgor, General Manager at SEA LIFE Charlotte-Concord.
 
SEA LIFE Aquarium also partnered with the American Red Cross today and hosted a Shark Week Blood Drive to help save lives in the community. Presenting donors received free entry into the aquarium, an American Red Cross t-shirt and a $10 Visa gift card. To plan your visit to SEA LIFE or learn more, visit
www.visitsealife.com/charlotte-concord.

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