Over a dozen Coral Catsharks recently hatched at the Tennessee Aquarium, with more eggs still developing. These baby sharks are the offspring of two females and one male living on exhibit in the Aquarium’s Stingray Bay touch tank.
“Between the two females I find 3-5 eggs in the tank a week,” says Aquarist Kyle McPheeters. “They are oviparous and reproduce similar to our Epaulette Sharks. The eggs are fertilized internally then the female lays egg cases. The young sharks hatch after 100-110 days.”
Coral Catsharks are commonly found in shallow coral reefs across the Indo-West Pacific. They can grow to about 28 inches in length and are identified by the black and white spots on their back, sides and fins. A slender body helps them maneuver tight spaces in the reef. They are often reclusive during the day and actively forage at night for small invertebrates and fish.
See more of these baby sharks in the video below!