Monday, September 20, 2021

Abu Dhabi’s National Museum to showcase region’s largest Shark and Ray collection

Bringing amazing water species to the region, the National Aquarium (TNA) in Abu Dhabi is all set to showcase some of the most astonishing biodiversity of species when it opens its doors later this year.

Located at one of the most vibrant lifestyle hubs of Al Qana in Abu Dhabi, the largest aquarium in the region will showcase over 200 sharks and rays, representing 25 different species. Highlighting the best of marine life, visitors will be taken into the marine world and give them an opportunity to delve into a submarine world and discover the awe-inspiring variety of species found within our oceans.

This ecosystem in Abu Dhabi is also the only place in the UAE to house a school of iconic Scalloped Hammer Head Sharks. Additionally, the Bull Sharks will also make their debut in the region and visitors will get to see first-hand, what is widely considered one of the most dangerous shark species in the ocean and rivers.

Not just that, other species of sharks and rays like Sand Tiger Sharks, Lemon Sharks, Zebra Sharks, Black Tip Reef Sharks, Eagle Rays, Shovelnose Rays, Cownose Rays, Freshwater Rays, amongst others will also be a part of the National Aquarium.

Sharks have been the most misunderstood animals in the ocean and the misconception that they are dangerous to have always been put forward, through films and shows.

With the number of sharks declining in the ocean due to over-fishing, the team at The National Aquarium is seeking to turn fear into fascination and educate visitors around how well these apex predators can adapt to living peacefully. They will also get to witness how these animals interact with other species.

One of the major highlights at the National Aquarium will be the ‘Shark Encounter’ wherein visitors will be shown feeding demonstrations with both sharks and rays. They would also be able to hand-feed sharks as large as two meters long, which promises to be an unforgettable experience, especially for people who have a living fear of sharks.

The National Aquarium has also signed a five-year partnership with The Environment Agency Abu Dhabi (EAD) in July 2020 to create one of the largest and most innovative rehabilitation schemes of its kind to protect and rehabilitate wildlife in the emirate of Abu Dhabi. The partnership has resulted in a large number of animals saved, including 200 sea turtles being successfully rescued and released to date.

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