Ten sharks are now in their new home in Predator Reef at Boatswain’s Beach and coming eye to eye with visitors through the tank’s glass wall.
This follows the addition of three nurse sharks 26 April, in addition to the single nurse shark already there and the six brown sharks for which the predator tank had previously become home.
Boatswain’s Beach is a 24-acre marine theme park and new home of the Cayman Turtle Farm in Northwest Point in West Bay.
The three new nurse sharks are male and eight feet plus in length weighing over 225 pounds.
‘Named Snake-eyes, Maca and Buca, all three sharks are interacting well with the fish and other brown and nurse sharks in their new home,’ said a press release from Boatswain’s Beach.
‘Buca seems to be loving the attention he receives at the viewing glass showing off several times for the audience since his move on Thursday, April 26.’
Curator of Marine and Research at Boatswain’s Beach Philip Admire said, ‘Nurse Sharks can eat between four and five per cent of their body weight in a week and can grow several inches a year. The three adult males are not yet fully grown and can possibly grow to 14 feet in length.’
The smaller male nurse shark Freddy that had already been there is about five feet in length and was the first shark to take his place at Predator Reef a couple of months back
Since then six brown sharks consisting of two males and four females, also quite young, have been added. Mr. Admire stated that it is difficult to put an exact age on them.
There is a possibility, he said, that these brown sharks will breed in a couple of years, once they reach breeding age.
‘Personally I’d welcome them breeding,’ he said, noting that when sharks breed it always denotes that they are in a healthy, contented stated.
He said the fact that they are in captivity would not make it less likely that they would breed.
Also newly introduced to the predator tank are two cobias, several moray eels, grouper, rainbow runners and jacks, said Mr. Admire, who is a relative newcomer to the Boatswain’s Beach team and has previously worked at Seaworld and Discovery Cove.
Six sharks that had been acquired by Boatswain’s Beach last year and were in the quarantine facility, before being placed in the predator tank, died due to a mechanical glitch in July.
Feeding of the predators takes place every day at 10.30am at Boatswain’s Beach.