LIVE WEBCAM AT THE SHARK LAGOON EXHIBIT
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- Location: Aquarium of the Pacific, California, United States
- Source: www.explore.org
Live streaming webcam showcasing sharks at the Shark Lagoon Exhibit at the
Aquarium of the Pacific in California, United States. This webcam gives a fantastic live view of some of the oceans’ top predators, including blacktip reef shark, sand tiger shark, zebra shark, and reticulate whiptail ray.
This live webcam is courtesy of explore.org
More info: The sand tiger shark, also known as the gray nurse shark, is a long bodied, robust shark with grey-brown colouring on its back with some stains, and a lighter colour on the belly. It has a fearsome look with a mouthful of sharp teeth that protrude in all directions, even when the mouth is closed. Despite this, they are a docile, non-aggressive species, known to attack humans only when bothered first. Individuals range in size from 3 to 6 metres in length. Sand tiger sharks are found worldwide in temperate and tropical waters. Sand tiger sharks are the only shark known to come to the surface and gulp air. They store the air in their stomachs, which enables them to float motionless in the water whilst looking for prey. Their main diet of these sharks, is small fish, but they will eat crustaceans and squid as well.
Blacktip reef sharks, are small sharks measuring up to 1.8 m with short, bluntly-rounded snouts, oval eyes, and narrow-cusped teeth. As its name says, this shark has black tips to the pectoral, dorsal, pelvic, and caudal fins. Blacktip reef sharks are commonly found in shallow waters on and near coral reefs and occasionally in brackish waters. Juveniles are typically found in extremely shallow water inside lagoons, often swimming along the shoreline. They are also found in mangrove areas, moving in and out with the tide and even in fresh water near the sea. Blacktip reef sharks are fast, pursuit predators that prefer reef fishes, but also feed on stingrays, crabs, mantis shrimps and other crustaceans, cephalopods, and other molluscs.
Zebra sharks are born dark brown with yellowish stripes, but as they reach adulthood, they shed their stripes for small black dots against a tan body – they are then often confused with leopard sharks. They reach a maximum length of 2.5 metres. Zebra sharks are found throughout the tropical Indo-Pacific, frequenting coral reefs and sandy flats to a depth of 62 m. These sharks like to wriggle into narrow crevices and caves in search of food. Zebra sharks are nocturnal foragers, hunting for small fish, snails, sea urchins, crabs and other small invertebrates. Docile and slow-moving, zebra sharks are not dangerous to humans and can be easily approached underwater when treated with respect.