Kelly Tarlton’s is set to welcome a whole new set of teeth to its repertoire, with five Sand Tiger sharks on their way from Maryland.
Kelly Tarlton’s head curator Andrew Christie says transporting the five predators is a meticulous process.
“As you could imagine, transporting five, live sharks—who weigh an average of 40 kg (88 lbs) and measure up to 2 meters (6.5 ft)—is not as simple as checking in oversized baggage or even relocating the family pooch,” he said. “The health and well-being of the animals has been our top priority throughout the entire operation.”
Following a month-long quarantine period, the sharks were introduced into special freight tanks and loaded aboard a commercial airliner in New York.
“The safe arrival of these wonderful Sand Tiger sharks is thanks to months of careful planning here and in the United States,” Christie said. “We are thrilled that visitors will now have the opportunity to see these fearsome looking predators up close.”