Baby Sandbar Sharks

It’s back to school season for everyone, including our baby sandbar sharks who are beginning their first year of Shark School. This behind-the-scenes baby shark exhibit will now be open all month for the chance to meet our newest students and to learn more about what goes on in the life of a baby shark. What do they pack for lunch? Who is their favorite teacher? What do they want to do when they grow up?

Adult Size: 6 feet
Habitat/Range: Coastal waters worldwide
IUCN Status: Vulnerable

A litter of 6 baby sandbar sharks were born at Adventure Aquarium on October 18, 2018. Sandbar sharks give birth to live young and can have up to 14 pups per litter. Female sharks do not care for their young after they are born but will swim to a specific area to give birth, located away from the males, where pups can grow safely. Although our baby sharks are fine on their own, Aquarium biologists are still keeping a close eye on these pups. Their mother and father live in Shark Realm. A sandbar shark can live up to 40 years.