An Update on Our Sandbark Shark Pup, Chloe!


I’m happy to report that our sandbark shark pup Chloe is thriving in our Atlantic Coral Reef exhibit – where she has been since the end of June

national aquarium sandbar shark

Photo via Jeff Mauritzen.

In the last few months, Chloe has been enjoying a steady diet of mackerel, squid, shrimp, herring and capelin! The diet of each Aquarium resident is measured out (based on their weight) and fed carefully, to ensure that everyone is getting the right amount of nutrition. At the moment, Chloe is eating about .2 lbs of food at each meal!

Since her birth back in May, Chloe has grown to be about 10 lbs in weight and about 2.5 feet in length!

Do you have a question about Chloe, her species or just sharks in general? Ask me in the comments section! 


7 Responses to “An Update on Our Sandbark Shark Pup, Chloe!”

  1. 1 Chloe J. November 21, 2013 at 10:40 am

    What made you guys decide on the name Chloe?

  2. 3 Linda Ragan November 21, 2013 at 4:02 pm

    Was Chloe born at the aquarium?

    • 4 National Aquarium November 21, 2013 at 7:21 pm

      She was! She was born in our Shark Alley exhibit!

      • 5 Linda Ragan November 21, 2013 at 8:12 pm

        That exciting, is it rare for sharks to have babies in aquariums? i don’t think I have ever heard os this before.

      • 6 National Aquarium November 22, 2013 at 11:53 am

        We wouldn’t say it’s necessarily rare for sharks in Aquariums to reproduce, however, the reproduction rate of sharks is quite low and, on average, they don’t reach sexual maturity until they reach their teens!

        All of this combined, means that most shark species produce very few young throughout their lifetime. It’s one of the main reasons they’re so sensitive to conservation issues such as overfishing, bycatch and habitat degradation.

  3. 7 darbian November 22, 2013 at 3:26 am


    Great work really appreciate your efforts!

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