The South Carolina Aquarium introduced four new fish to its main exhibit Wednesday morning. The new residents are sandbar sharks, and are now swimming with their new neighbors.
The sharks, one, a three-foot wonder, and three juveniles ranging from 18 to 24 inches, were collected by Aquarium staff members off of Dewees Island, South Carolina. The sharks have been in quarantine in the Aquarium's behind-the-scenes holding areas waiting to join other sandbar sharks and three other shark species, including nurse and sandtiger sharks, which are already swimming around in the Aquarium's largest exhibit.
Sandbar sharks can be found in the wild gliding across muddy or sandy bottoms in shallow coastal waters such as estuaries, bays, and harbors. Its fork-shaped tail allows it to swim fast to avoid its main predator, the tiger shark.