ALBUQUERQUE (KASA) – They’re usually found in the coral reefs of the Pacific Ocean, but they are right here in our own backyard at the Albuquerque Bio Park Aquarium. They are four new baby white spotted bamboo sharks.
“They start off as a small egg case,” says Rich Lerner with the Bio Park. “You can sort of equate it to a chicken egg, you can see a little wiggly worm on the outside of the yolk and that will slowly develop.”
From the time they are born, they start life at four inches in length and can grow up to four feet long.
“They’re very popular,” adds Lerner. “They’re a very hearty shark, they don’t bite, they don’t really have a big teeth so they’re great to have in a touch pool.”
With the success of the four new additions to the Albuquerque Bio Park and their 15 to 17 year life span, it may be a while before you can see a white spotted shark as a baby.
“Most aquariums can reproduce them so it’s not a monumental event,” says Lerner. “But it’s something neat for people here in Albuquerque to come and see these little baby sharks.”