Bagging sharks for the sake of the species at Dubai aquarium

17 October, 2015


Here’s a handy tip: turn most sharks upside down and they fall into a sleep-like trance. But rather than the more obvious applications, experts at the Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo use this fact to check the health of their 12 sand tiger sharks – without an anaesthetic. “It’s a lot better because they can swim away immediately after the procedure, but with anaesthetic it may take them an hour to be back to normal,” said Paul Hamilton, general manager and aquarium curator. The two-metre fish have for the past few months been the subjects of world-first research to better understand their breeding patterns, which could ensure the future of the species.

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