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Hammerhead Sharks relocated

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On the 8th May 2013 eight young Scalloped Hammerhead sharks (Sphyrna Lewini) were introduced into a controlled area in the Point Waterfront Canal where they were to remain until such time as they were large enough to be introduced to the uShaka Reef Predator Exhibit.

They have spent the last 15 months growing at a steady rate under the care of uShaka Sea World staff and watchful eyes of staff from the Point Waterfront Development Policing Forum.

Four of the sharks who measured between 80 and 90cm were recently deemed large enough to be relocated into the Reef Predator Exhibit and the Aquarists began preparations to relocate the identified four. Just after sunrise on the 28th August 2014 the four Hammerheads were individually encouraged to swim into a purse seine net corralled to the side of the canal.

In order to minimise the chances of eye damage from the sides of a stretcher it was decided the safest option would be to carry the sharks from the canal to the awaiting vehicle by hand. uShaka Sea World Aquarist Rob Kyle who has many years' experience in handling small sharks was tasked with carrying the sharks both from the canal to the awaiting vehicle and on arrival at their destination, from the vehicle into the Reef Predator Exhibit.

Hammerhead sharks are unusually shaped with eyes on the tips of their T- Shaped heads and extraordinarily large dorsal fins. The transport tank was lined with plastic sheeting to ensure that the sharks' eyes were protected throughout the two kilometer journey from the canal to the exhibit. Once the vehicle arrived alongside the Reef Predator Exhibit it took no more than a few minutes before the hammerheads' were introduced into the exhibit and swimming amongst silver-tip, tawny nurse and a number of adult black-tip sharks as well as 50 to 60 large predatory fish. Divers were stationed in the exhibit to ensure that the new arrivals adapted quickly to their new home. Be sure to visit the magnificent four next time you visit uShaka Sea World .