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Apex predators

Sharks

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Grey Nurse Shark

Grey Nurse Shark

Despite its fearsome appearance and rows of sharp teeth, the Grey Nurse shark offers no threat to humans and is, in fact, a superbly adapted fish-eater, usually swallowing its prey whole. During the 1960s and 1970s, the population of the Grey Nurse shark declined sharply and in 1984, they became the first shark species in the world to be awarded protected status. SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium supports conservation measures to protect the species, such as through the establishment of marine parks where fishing is prohibited.


Lemon Shark

Lemon Shark

The Sicklefin Lemon shark is found amongst the subtropical waters of the Indo-Pacific. They can grow up to 3 metres in size. The unique yellowish brown colouring of this species allows it to camouflage well when scouring the sandy sea floor for its prey. The Sicklefin Lemon shark commonly feeds on bony fish, crustaceans and even rays and is regrettably under threat from overfishing.


Blacktip Reef Shark

Blacktip Reef Shark

The Blacktip Reef shark is habitually identified by its prominent black tips on its fins. This species can grow up to 120 centimetres in length and feeds on crustaceans and other small fish. They are typically found lying within shallow, inshore waters over reef ledges and sandy flats of tropical and sub-tropical waters of the Indo-Pacific region. However, they sometimes appear within brackish and freshwater environments too.


Whitetip Shark

Whitetip Reef Shark

The Whitetip Reef shark is widely found across the Indo-Pacific region nestling near caves as well as the coral heads and ledges of coral reefs. Whitetips are more slender in body shape than other sharks, have oval-shaped eyes, characteristic white tipped fins and can grow up to 1.6 metres in length. Its diet consists of eels, octopus and crustaceans.


Wobbegong Shark

Wobbegong Shark

Wobbegong sharks are species of carpet sharks found in the temperate and tropical waters of the Indo-Pacific Region. The origins of the name ‘Wobbegong’ is derived from the Australian Aboriginal language meaning ‘shaggy beard’, a reference to the whisker-like growths around its mouth. Unlike other sharks, the Wobbegong’s skin is patterned, giving the appearance of light and dark blotches which assist its ability to camouflage on the ocean floor. Most species of Wobbegong grow up to 1.5 metres in length.


Grey Reef Shark

Grey Reef Shark

The Grey Reef shark is one of the most common sharks of the Indo-Pacific. They typically reside in coastal shallow waters down to 60 metres. They have also been found to frequent the drop-offs at the outer edges of coral reefs. The Grey Reef shark can grow up to 1.9 metres in length and feeds on free-swimming bony fish, cephalopods and an array of crustaceans including squid, octopus, crabs and lobsters.


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