Name needed for new shark at aquarium

Blacktip reef shark

Blacktip reef shark

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Hastings Blue Reef Aquarium is asking youngsters to come up with a name for its newly-arrived female blacktip reef shark.

The tropical shark, which is one-and-a-half years old and measures around 40cms in length, joins male blacktip Razor who arrived last year.

We had such an amazing response when we asked for the public to help out last time that we’ve decided to do the same thing with our female shark

Leanna Lawson

Staff were inundated with name suggestions for him and now they are hoping to enlist the help of visitors to come up with a suitable name for his new tankmate.

Blue Reef’s Leanna Lawson said: “We had such an amazing response when we asked for the public to help out last time that we’ve decided to do the same thing with our female shark.

“As before we’re asking for suggestions from anyone aged under 13 years and they can either post them in to a special box we have here at reception or email them direct to us.

“Our aquarists will then sift through all the entries and pick a winner who will also receive a free annual pass to Blue Reef.

Aquarists at Blue Reef received more than 50 suggestions last September for the name of its male blacktip shark.

After much debate, they opted for Razor, which was suggested by nine-year-old Reece Pellosis from Ashford in Kent. Other names which came under consideration included Feargal, Finley, Snap and Sydney.

The Rock-a-Nore Road wildlife attraction invited youngsters to choose a suitable name for the baby shark.

The blacktip reef shark is one of the three most common sharks inhabiting coral reefs in the Indo-Pacific along with the whitetip and grey reef sharks.

Belonging to the same family as the great white shark, blacktips only reach a maximum size of around 1.6 metres.

They are active predators and feed on a wide variety of prey including small fish, octopus, squid and crustaceans. They have also been known to eat sea snakes and even seabirds.

They give birth to live young which can hunt as soon as they are born.

Anyone who would like to submit a name suggestion for the new shark can email it, along with their contact details, to hastings@bluereefaquarium.co.uk.