Tuesday 29 June 2010

VIP treatment for jet-setting sharks

By Penny Timms

29 June 2009

There will be two unusual additions to the passenger list of a flight from North Queensland to Melbourne next week.

The final preparations are being made to fly two leopard sharks from Townsville to the Melbourne aquarium.

They will be driven from the Townsville aquarium to Cairns and then put on a flight to Victoria next week.

Stephen Menzies from Reef HQ says there is a lot of work to do before then, including completing a self-sustaining tank.

He says to maintain water quality the sharks will not be fed for about two days before the flight.

"That's always fun when you unload some sharks after a long transport; that first feed, because they do feed with a bit of passion," he said.

The sharks are part of a captive breeding program designed to cut the number of animals taken from the wild.


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