The Shark Pool
This is the largest pool in the Underwater Observatory Park and is devoted to the ‘kings of the sea’ - the shark!
In a gigantic container with 350,000 liters of water, the sharks swim in strong, lithe movements and pass at touching distance by the display windows surrounding the pool.
There are four different species of sharks in the Underwater Observatory Park Shark Pool:
Large-Tooth Shark (carcharhinus altimus); Sandbar Shark (Carcharhinus nilberti/ plumbeus); Arabian Smooth-Hound Shark (Mustelus mosi); Spotted Leopard Shark (Stegostoma varium)
You can also see the beautiful Spotted Eagleray (Aetobatus narinari) in the pool.
Over the Shark Pool there is an observation bridge from which it is possible to view the sharks from above.
Some interesting facts about sharks:
Sharks belong to the cartilaginous group of fish. There are no bones in their body, but their skeleton is made of cartilage. That is why they are very flexible.
Their sense of vision is three times as well developed as human vision. Sharks can see at night just as we see during the day.
Their sense of smell is perfect and they can smell a drop of blood in the water from kilometers away.
Sharks have between 3 and 25 rows of teeth. Every time that the shark takes a bite of its prey it shakes his head and then the teeth fall out. After a few days a new row of teeth grow in, and new, sharp teeth replace those that fell out.
Everything that sharks do is done while they are in motion: eating, sleeping and even reproducing. That is the reason that the male shark has two reproductive organs.
The sharks are fed daily at 11:00 by a diver in the water.