April 15, 2010 Featured Article Read More →

Snowy the shark arrives at Loch Lomond Aquarium

A GUITAR shark is the first of its kind to settle in Scotland – and it’s loving its new home at the Loch Lomond Aquarium.

Hailing from the Western Indian Ocean, the unusual breed has been named Snowy after its difficult journey from the south of England to its new home in Scotland two weeks ago.

 

The 5ft-long predator was nearing the end of its 10-hour, 530-mile journey from Weymouth, Dorset, to Balloch when Loch Lomond Aquarium curator – and the shark’s chauffeur – Mark Hind drove into blizzards and heavy snow.

Luckily Snowy was able to arrive safely and was quickly introduced to the more familiar tropical surrounds of the aquarium’s ocean tank where she was greeted by her new friends – Cammy, a green turtle; shoals of inquisitive reef fish and several other sharks.

The giant guitar shark was given the name because of its shape. It’s a cross between a shark and a large ray and is very similar in shape to a guitar. It lives in shallow estuaries where it feeds on crabs, lobsters, bivalves, small fish and squid, and it can grow to over three metres.

Mark Hind Loch Lomond’s Curator said: “Snowy’s arrival completes a line-up in our tropical ocean tank. It’s as diverse and fascinating as any other similar display anywhere in Europe.”

More here – Apr 16 2010 by Tina Kemp, Lennox Herald

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