If it’s not enough to simply see sharks up close at Adventure Aquarium, you also have the rare opportunity to actually TOUCH and FEEL certain species in our Touch-A-Shark exhibit
, sponsored by Horizon Blue Cross of New Jersey. Among these species are our brownbanded and whitespotted bamboo sharks.
Brownbanded bamboo sharks
can grow up to 3 ½ feet long. When it is young, it has dark stripes along its body, which fade as it matures into adulthood. The brownbanded bamboo shark can be found hiding in the crevices of inshore coral reefs.
The whitespotted bamboo shark
will only grow to about 3 feet long. It is nocturnal, so it will prey on small fish and invertebrates at night. The whitespotted bamboo shark’s natural banded and spotted coloring acts as camouflage, making the inshore coral reefs a safe place to hide.
A bamboo shark will use its muscular fins like legs to help it “crawl” along the ocean floor or reef. Like a catfish, this shark has barbels near its mouth that help it locate food hidden in the sand.