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Shark Pit

Shark Pit

La raie guitare

La raie guitare

Rhina ancylostoma (Bloch & Schneider, 1801)

Geographical origin : Indo-Pacific Zone of the Red Sea, East Africa to Papua New Guinea and Western Australia

Anecdote : It is the only one of its biological family which makes it a rare and very atypical animal. There are, however, only 3 or 4 specimens in captivity on French territory.

NURSE SHARK

NURSE SHARK

Nebrius ferrugineus (Lesson, 1831)

Geographic origin: Indo-Pacific, from the Red Sea to Hawaii

Good to know : The nurse shark on the island of Réunion. The species cousin Ginglymostoma cirratum, is more tawny and evolves only on the tropical Atlantic Ocean and Caribbean region in particular Guadeloupe.

ZEBRA SHARK

ZEBRA SHARK

Stegostoma fasciatum (Hermann, 1783)

Geographic origin : Indo Pacific area, Reunion

Good to know : The length of its caudal fin is half the size of its body. It belongs to the sleepers’ shark family as it spends most of the time on the seabed, the snout generally facing the current to catch all smells surrounding it.

BLACK TIP SHARK

BLACK TIP SHARK

Carcharhinus melanopterus (Quoy, Gaimard, 1824)

Geographic origin : Indo Pacific area, from the Red Sea to east coast of Africa ( Reunion), Hawaii islands and archipelago of Tuamato.

Good to know : it’s a deep-sea shark which implies that it hunts its prey in open water. It can be recognized thanks the extremity of its black fin and its pointed snout. It’s forced to swim all the time to provide enough oxygen to its gills.