Animal Encounters

Fun Animal Encounters

From a hairy tarantula to a talking African gray parrot, you never know what you’ll bump into in Ranger Rick's Backyard Safari at the Tennessee Aquarium!

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Get a peek behind the scenes of the Aquarium’s Husbandry department. Read their weekly animal updates and get an insider’s look at caring for over 10,000 animals and plants.

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FISHES

Epaulette Shark

Hemiscyllium ocellatum

ON EXHIBIT:  Shark Island in Ocean Journey

Epaulette Shark

FUN FACTS

Like other sharks, female epaulette sharks do not provide care for their young. Epaulette sharks lay two to three eggs per week in tough, leathery egg cases. In approximately 130 days, the young sharks hatch. They are totally independent and ready to fend for themselves.


CONSERVATION
As with most sharks, they have very low reproductive rates and are vulnerable to population decline if overfished.




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Divers at the Tennessee Aquarium
Photo by amsd2dth

About This Animal

SIZE: 3.5 feet in length

RANGE: Australia and New Guinea

HABITAT: Tide pools and shallow waters associated with coral reefs

DIET:  Bottom-dwelling invertebrates such as worms, shrimp and shellfish