Sharks making a big splash in new home

One of the black tip reef sharks at Blue Reef Aquarium.
One of the black tip reef sharks at Blue Reef Aquarium.

A pair of black tip reef sharks are making a splash in their new home.

The sharks, a male and female, spent time acclimatising in Tynemouth’s Blue Reef Aquarium’s quarantine area before being released into their giant tropical ocean display.

The young sharks are settling in to their new home, which has recently undergone a major refurbishment.

They are sharing the coral reef-themed feature with a pair of cow nose rays and more than 400 tropical fish.

Blue Reef Aquarium’s Rosie Wiggin said: “The new sharks look absolutely amazing and are really making themselves at home.

“Black tips really are everyone’s idea of what a ‘real’ shark should look like and they definitely add a new dimension to the visitor experience.

“They’re the perfect addition to the newly-refurbished ocean display.”

The black tip reef shark is one of the three most abundant shark species inhabiting coral reefs in the Indo-Pacific, along with the white tip and grey reef sharks.

The shark gets its name from the dark marks on the end of its fins.

Belonging to the same family as the great white shark, black tips only reach a maximum size of around 1.6 metres.

They are active predators and feed on a wide variety of prey including small fish, octopus, squid and crustaceans. They have also been known to eat sea snakes and even seabirds.

They give birth to between two to four live young which can hunt as soon as they are born.