Sand Tiger Sharks

Sand Tiger Sharks

Sand Tiger Sharks (Carcharias taurus)

Georgia Aquarium's affiliate, Marineland Dolphin Adventure has one of the largest populations of sand tiger sharks in the U.S. Alongside, Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium, Ripley's Aquariums, and the Southeast Zoo Alliance for Reproduction and Conservation (SEZARC), Georgia Aquarium and Marineland Dolphin Adventure are studying this iconic shark species and their reproductive habits.

Marineland Dolphin Adventure was chosen as a location for this exciting research due to its proximity to the ocean, natural photoperiods with outdoor habitats, and large pools for these adult sharks.

Through routine handlings, animal care teams collect biological samples that are tested for markers in their reproductive status. Georgia Aquarium and its partners are part of the solution to shark population decline by reducing takes from the ocean by attempting to breed sharks in an aquarium setting.

Sand tiger sharks are part of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums' Species Survival Plan. This program works with member facilities to oversee population management of select species and to collaborate on conservation of these species in the wild.

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