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Take advantage of the summer to meet the newcomers to La Rochelle Aquarium: a couple of sand tiger sharks, a shoal of dwarf angelfish, a toadfish and a small grouper that will eventually become a giant...

A couple of sharks to expand La Rochelle Aquarium's family

 

A couple of sand tiger sharks, Carcharias taurus, now weave their way through the huge shark tank.
Each measuring 2 metres long, these 5 or 6 year olds come from the East Coast of the United States.

 
He arrived in June, and she followed at the start of July.

The name Carcharias taurus (literally, 'bull shark') was given to the species due to the animals massive, squat bodies, but is no way linked to any sort of aggressiveness.
With their arrival, the Aquarium hopes to write a new story: And they had many children and lived happily ever after...

 
In the meanwhile, their majestic ballet has been added to the other sharks already here: leopard, nurse, sand tiger, whitetip reef, grey reef, and so on.
 

To further your knowledge of sharks, watch the film Les requins… en questions (A Shark Q&A) during your visit.

Dwarf angelfish and a little grouper that will soon be a giant... 

 

Waiting for you in the Indo-Pacific zone are the Zanclus cornutus, or Moorish idols, along with their new friends: a shoal of fiery dwarf angelfish (Centropyge loriculus). Their bright orange colour allows them to actively defend their territory inside coral reefs.  

 

A few steps away, one of the smallest aquariums is now home to a giant frogfish (Antennarius commerson), which tries to camouflage itself, changing colours according to the elements around it.

 

In the turtle tank, look for the giant grouper that now measures just 40 cm in length. It was placed there to grow before being moved into the shark pool.

 

 

Take advantage of the summer to meet the newcomers to La Rochelle Aquarium: a couple of sand tiger sharks, a shoal of dwarf angelfish, a toadfish and a small grouper that will eventually become a giant...

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