CORPUS CHRISTI, TEXAS — For a lot of people, these apex predators can be scary but the goal of their exhibits, especially during shark week, is to change people's minds about sharks.
The Texas State Aquarium has a variety of species in their exhibits, including the sandbar shark. This non-aggressive shark is in the Caribbean sea exhibit.
“Sandbar sharks are actually fairly Non-aggressive species so it is a great opportunity for us to educate people that even though we have prey fish in this exhibit, the sharks are living with them really really well,” said, aquarist Cara Wendel.
The aquarium is not hosting their usual presentations due to COVID-19 but you can still partake in the aquarium's petting exhibit, giving you an up-close encounter with these sharks.
Also happening during shark week, the Aquarium has announced that until the end of this week, you have the opportunity to pick the name of their three-year-old baby sandbar shark.
“We have a juvenile sandbar shark here in this exhibit she was born here at Texas State Aquarium in January of 2017. So we will have three different names that guests will have the opportunity to choose from. And that will help us pick a great name for our little baby shark,” said aquarist Cara Wendel.
The aquarium will be sharing more information about sharks all week on their Facebook page.