Updated 03 August 2021
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New UAE aquarium to house region’s largest collection of sharks and rays

New UAE aquarium to house region’s largest collection of sharks and rays

The largest aquarium in the region, Abu Dhabi’s The National Aquarium, will house over 200 sharks and rays representing 25 different species when it opens its doors later this year. Marine lovers will get the opportunity to get up close and personal with a variety of shark and ray species found within our oceans, including the magnificent creatures below, by observing them, hand-feeding them and taking part in interactive animal-related activities.

 

  • Scalloped Hammerhead Shark

    The open-water predators are instantly recognizable from other types of sharks by the distinctive hammer shape of their head. 

     

  • Bull Shark

    Widely considered one of the most dangerous shark species in oceans and rivers, they get their name from their short, blunt snout.

     

  • Sand Tiger Shark

    Despite their deceivingly ferocious look that consists of a mouthful of sharp teeth protruding in every which way, this species of shark is docile and won’t attack humans, unless in self-defense.

     

  • Shovelnose Ray

    The bottom-dwelling marine fish can grow up to eight feet long. 

     

  • Cownose Ray

    A type of Eagle Ray that gets its name from its unique forehead, which resembles the nostrils of a cow’s nose.

     

  • Zebra Shark

    The docile creature is born with vertical yellow stripes that separate into spots as they grow.