Date
15 December 2017
A shark approaches a worker to feed. Feeding time is part of the attraction in the new aquarium. Photo: Ocean Park
A shark approaches a worker to feed. Feeding time is part of the attraction in the new aquarium. Photo: Ocean Park

Ocean Park opens new shark aquarium with a message

No shark fin on the dining table. 

With that message, Hong Kong’s Ocean Park opened one of Asia’s largest live shark attractions with perfect timing Friday.

Shark Mystique, which features 150 sharks of various species, is housed in an exhibition hall four times the size of an older aquarium dedicated to the endangered predator.

Visitors describe the experience of walking through it as being in a giant fish tank, according to Apple Daily.

At 22 meters wide, 38 meters long and seven meters deep, the new aquarium can hold 220 sharks and accommodate 413 visitors at any one time, curator David Lai said.

There are 12 species of shark in the exhibit, including blacktip shark, largetooth sawfish, ragged tooth shark, tauny nurse shark and whitetip reef shark, along with previously existing ones. They come from Southeast Asia, Australia and Japan through exchange programs.

The grand opening came with a show of force by restaurant operators in support of Ocean Park’s efforts to help preserve sharks.

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The new exhibit contains 150 sharks of various species and sizes and can hold up to 220 of them. Photo: Ocean Park


The new acquarium has 12 species of shark including blacktip shark, largetooth sawfish, ragged tooth shark, tauny nurse shark and whitetip reef shark. Photo: Ocean Park


Ocean Park released souvenir items to mark the opening of one of Asia’s largest live shark exhibits. Photo: Ocean Park


Restaurant operators have joined Ocean Park’s call for shark fin-free menus. Photo: Ocean Park


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