Meet the New Neighbors! Blacktip Reef Sharks Added to Exhibit!

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Twelve blacktip reef sharks were introduced to their new home today!

The transportation and introduction process for these animals is carefully crafted by our Biological Programs team. Each shark is individually introduced by a team of divers into Blacktip Reef. After they feel that the newly introduced shark has begun acclimating to its new surroundings, the next shark is added. The process of introducing all 20 of our blacktip reef sharks will occur over two days.

Blacktips can grow to about 6 feet in length and bear distinctive black tips on their fins. Found in the shallow waters of the Indo-Pacific, these sharks are sleek, beautiful and fast-moving and hunt cooperatively in groups.

These sharks are joining our 500-pound green sea turtle, Calypso, and hundreds of tropical fish recently introduced into the exhibit. Over the next few weeks, many other fascinating species – including zebra sharks, wobbegong sharks, a blotched fantail ray, a reticulate whipray and a Napoleon wrasse – will be introduced to Blacktip Reef! Some of these amazing animals were recently featured in this CBS This Morning piece!

Stay tuned for more updates as Blacktip Reef continues to come to life! 

11 Responses to “Meet the New Neighbors! Blacktip Reef Sharks Added to Exhibit!”


  1. 1 Lee MunLim July 30, 2013 at 11:29 pm

    why are scuba divers not allowed to enter the aquirum when the sharks are introduced and later down the line will scuba divers be able to swim with the sharks like last time?

    • 2 National Aquarium July 31, 2013 at 2:48 pm

      Thanks for the question, Lee!

      We do have a dive staff team that is both present during animal introductions and in the exhibit multiple times a day for feeding, cleaning and observation!

      Were you interested in our volunteer or guest diver programs? Those dives take place in our Atlantic Coral Reef exhibit, which features two species of sharks! http://ow.ly/nvAes

  2. 3 Kathleen Zetune August 1, 2013 at 9:26 am

    My children (ages 9 and 6) are anxiously awaiting the arrival of the wobbegong sharks! They’ve both been fascinated with them since their early years and this opportunity to see them up close and not just a photo in a book is remarkable.

    • 4 National Aquarium August 1, 2013 at 5:11 pm

      That’s wonderful, Kathleen! We’ll be sure to update everyone on the wobbegongs once they’re introduced to Blacktip Reef!

  3. 5 Chris August 1, 2013 at 10:19 am

    How do you keep the sharks from eating/attacking the other fish in the tank? I noticed when I was there last week that the other shark section is mostly isolated to prevent issues.

    • 6 National Aquarium August 1, 2013 at 5:10 pm

      Thanks for the question, Chris! The sharks are kept very well-fed, so they don’t need to actively hunt out food.

      Additionally, as they would in a coral reef you’d encounter in the Indo-Pacific, the smaller fish on exhibit have established hiding spots within the reef to steer clear from any sharks!

  4. 7 Jim and Elizabeth Kirk August 1, 2013 at 8:05 pm

    Just took our 2 grandsons to the new exhibit. They loved it as we did. A great exhibit and enhancement to the Aquarium. The sharks are beautiful, as is the new black tip reef and underwater viewing area. You’ve done a great job.


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