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Live Shark Camera

Sharks reside at the top of the food chain as apex predators and extremely important to the ecosystem. The recent depletion of shark populations has had catastrophic consequences in the ocean. Their existence is mainly threatened due to the actions of humans. Due to the lack of education of the importance of sharks, they are often killed out of fear and also through bad fishing practices.

Live Shark Camera Information

Sharks are very adaptable creatures and their habitats range depending on their species. There are roughly more than 465 known species of sharks. The species seen on the live shark cam sandbar, sand tiger, zebra, nurse and blacktip reef sharks.

Sand tiger sharks and nurse sharks are predominately found in tropical climates with warmer waters unlike the Greenland shark, which resides in frigid polar waters.

A shark’s skeleton is primarily made up of cartilage, allowing it maximum movement. A shark is covered in a series of scales that help them save energy in the ocean. Most sharks have a white underbelly so that they are camouflaged with the sky when prey look above and a gray color on their upper half so that they blend in with the ocean floor when seen from above. Sharks have 5 to 7 gills on their sides that allow them to breathe through the water. They also have multiple rows of teeth and are constantly losing and growing them.

As you can see on the live shark camera, shark species vary greatly in size. A blacktip reef shark can only grow up to 6 feet long yet a sand shark’s size begins at 6 feet long. Some great white sharks can reach lengths of 27 feet.

Sharks reach sexual maturity at around 12 years of age and only produce one to two pups during each reproductive cycle. Once a pup has been birthed into the world, it is completely on its own.

Most sharks are night hunters and tend to me the most active after the sun has set. Feeding habits depend on the shark but can be as simple as grazing the ocean floor for unsuspecting prey to attacking seals on the surface. Sharks have an acute sense of smell that can help them locate fresh blood from miles away, therefore allowing them to be efficient and quick predators.

Social Sharks

Sharks are notably known as being solitary creatures. Although this can be true, there are sharks that are known to socialize within a group and even create a hierarchy within it. Sharks form groups to help with migration travels as well as to ensure safety against potential predators. Blacktips reef sharks, for example, have learned to peacefully co-exist with other sharks, which is why they are often grouped with other sharks in aquariums, such as the aquarium one this live shark camera.

Sharks have also been known to create symbiotic relationships with smaller fish where both species were able to mutually benefit from each other. It is known that smaller fish that are known as cleaners attach themselves to sharks to remove dead skin and parasites from the shark.

  • grant: $468,000 - Aquarium of the Pacific

    To support the Aquarium’s educational programs and research projects.

  • topic: marine life

  • location: long beach

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· Exhibit Overview
Learn more about the ocean’s most mysterious and misunderstood predators. Shark Lagoon features sandbar, sand tiger, zebra, nurse, and blacktip reef sharks, as well as a freshwater sawfish and reticulated whiptail rays. The large sharks in Shark Lagoon are fed at 2:00pm PT daily!

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location: Long Beach, CA

best hours: 6:30am - 7:00pm

time zone: Pacific Time

links: Aquarium of the Pacific
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NGO: Aquarium of the Pacific

grant: $468,000

location: Long Beach

mission: To support the Aquarium’s educational programs and research projects.

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Live Shark Camera

Sharks reside at the top of the food chain as apex predators and extremely important to the ecosystem. The recent depletion of shark populations has had catastrophic consequences in the ocean. Their existence is mainly threatened due to the actions of humans. Due to the lack of education of the importance of sharks, they are often killed out of fear and also through bad fishing practices.

Live Shark Camera Information

Sharks are very adaptable creatures and their habitats range depending on their species. There are roughly more than 465 known species of sharks. The species seen on the live shark cam sandbar, sand tiger, zebra, nurse and blacktip reef sharks.

Sand tiger sharks and nurse sharks are predominately found in tropical climates with warmer waters unlike the Greenland shark, which resides in frigid polar waters.

A shark’s skeleton is primarily made up of cartilage, allowing it maximum movement. A shark is covered in a series of scales that help them save energy in the ocean. Most sharks have a white underbelly so that they are camouflaged with the sky when prey look above and a gray color on their upper half so that they blend in with the ocean floor when seen from above. Sharks have 5 to 7 gills on their sides that allow them to breathe through the water. They also have multiple rows of teeth and are constantly losing and growing them.

As you can see on the live shark camera, shark species vary greatly in size. A blacktip reef shark can only grow up to 6 feet long yet a sand shark’s size begins at 6 feet long. Some great white sharks can reach lengths of 27 feet.

Sharks reach sexual maturity at around 12 years of age and only produce one to two pups during each reproductive cycle. Once a pup has been birthed into the world, it is completely on its own.

Most sharks are night hunters and tend to me the most active after the sun has set. Feeding habits depend on the shark but can be as simple as grazing the ocean floor for unsuspecting prey to attacking seals on the surface. Sharks have an acute sense of smell that can help them locate fresh blood from miles away, therefore allowing them to be efficient and quick predators.

Social Sharks

Sharks are notably known as being solitary creatures. Although this can be true, there are sharks that are known to socialize within a group and even create a hierarchy within it. Sharks form groups to help with migration travels as well as to ensure safety against potential predators. Blacktips reef sharks, for example, have learned to peacefully co-exist with other sharks, which is why they are often grouped with other sharks in aquariums, such as the aquarium one this live shark camera.

Sharks have also been known to create symbiotic relationships with smaller fish where both species were able to mutually benefit from each other. It is known that smaller fish that are known as cleaners attach themselves to sharks to remove dead skin and parasites from the shark.

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