写真

Photographer's Note

Shark at the Shedd

This is one of the sharks at the Chicago's Shedd Aquarium's Wild Reef exhibit. This is a black-tipped reef shark found cruising shallow lagoons with their mouths open, allowing oxygen-rich water to flow over their gills. Because blacktip reef sharks lack a swim bladder like bony fishes, they sink to the bottom if they stop swimming. Reaching lengths up to 6 feet and weights up to 100 pounds, this shark falls prey to larger sharks, groupers ... and humans. Because more blacktip reef sharks are caught than replaced through reproduction, it is listed as vulnerable. Like all sharks, blacktips have a very long gestation period and produce few young.

The Wild Reef exhibit has one of the most diverse displays of sharks in North America, shown with other large predators in a 400,000-gallon habitat. Floor-to-ceiling exhibit windows give guests a divers'-eye view of a Philippine coral reef, teeming with live corals and more than 500 species of reef fishes of all shapes, colors and sizes. The exhibit's 26 interconnected habitats - totaling more than 750,000 gallons of water - are housed in a new $47 million underground wing.

Don't miss it if you're in Chicago!

pablominto, pitai, berek has marked this note useful

Photo Information
Viewed: 1657
Points: 5
Discussions
  • None
Additional Photos by Ken Ilio (flip89) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 537 W: 173 N: 576] (3418)
View More Pictures
explore TREKEARTH