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Howie - 2010-04-25
My bamboo shark hatached about a year a go (2009) and was about 4 or so inches now he is about 13 inches. He eats from our hand and he eats on his own. It is one of the most enjoyable animals I have.
Thanks Howie

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  • john jackson - 2010-05-17
    Hey could you email me? I want to learn more. I love sharks and I am looking to buy one and a aquarium I'm new and I keep hearing experts only and I just want to get a opinion. Here's my email: smackdown12121992@yahoo.com
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SBANGLER - 2009-09-28
I live in Santa Barbara where we have lots of Leopards in the water. Water temps only hit around 70.f for at most a few weeks, if at all. These sharks would do much better with your tank set around 60.f. During the winter water temps are in the low 50's. That's not cool to "cook" the shark at 70f.

Thats like saying you will live comfortably in 100.f.

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michelle - 2009-09-16
Sexing sharks and rays is extremely simple. Every ray, male or female has two anal fins at the base of the tail. Male rays also have "claspers" which are used in reproduction, and are sort of finger-shaped. The claspers are tucked up under the tail near the anal fins. When your ray comes to a rest at the bottom of the tank, sometimes it will splay out its anal fins and claspers (if it has them). If you see something poking out from under the anal fins, you've got a boy.

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jeff - 2009-07-18
HI i bought a spotted ray he is beautiful... my tank is 300 gal established. One lion, one snow flake eel and a bat fish. he lived 30 mins... these other fish are established as the tank is, any ideas?

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Arbiter - 2009-07-14
The top speed of a great white being around 15-20 mph is incorrect. I live in Palm Beach Florida and have a 1200 yamaha wavrunner. My waverunner is capable of going over 65mph. I have been an avid rider for over 3 yrs, until... One day I was about 1 mile offshore of the Palm Beach inlet heading south riding in the trough of a 5 foot wave when suddenly something told me took left. When I did, first I saw teeth, then I saw the one black eye which was staring me down. Then I saw the tail and he was as long as a city bus. I will never forget that look. This is no docile or placid animal... or mindless man eater. This is a very smart and intelligent animal. When I was on the waverunner he knew I was in control of the waverunner. He understood that I was a rider. He looked me directly in my eye and with his body language gave me the impreesion of what am i doing here. I must have come into his territory. He was able to stare me down because, as I said I was in the trough heading south at 40mph and he was directly parallel to me in the highpoint of the wave. The sun was east of us so I could see him clearly. I was going 40mph and he was moving effortless. This was not my first time seeing sharks. I have seen lemon sharks, dolphins, and all types of fish. Huge schools of migrating sharks, but they were not threatning and I never felt scared. But this was totally different. When he looked into my eye, and the whole vibe he was giving off, let me know right away that great white sharks are highly intelligent and definite problem solvers. He communicated with body language. He let me know with that stare that I was in his realm and he was investigating to see what was going on. What scared me wasn't that he was a shark but the fact that he was very intelligent and gave me a look like "what do we have here". This encounter changed everything. No longer was it, lets go jetsking. Now it was..there are large sharks out there and the next time the great white might come from underneath, investigate, and accidently knock me off the waverunner. Which he could do very easily... and the story wouldnt be good. After that one look I turned directly to shore and gunned it, sadly to say I had to give up waverunning. I realized that it is very dangerous. I still go to the beach like every other day, but I dont go in further then my knees. When the water gets to my knees then I just laydown in the surf. I would warn anybody and everybody against going offshore in a boat no smaller than a 40 footer. The shark I saw could easily sink a 25-30 foot fiberglass boat. Great white sharks need to be respected. They have survived since the dinosaurs and what I can tell from what I have read, online scientist and marine biologist really don't know much about them. Throwing chum in the water and watching them eat paints a much different picture. From what I have seen that picture is distorted. Great whites are highly intelligent.

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  • tyhu - 2010-03-18
    I love it!
  • Patrice - 2010-03-25
    That was an experience I think you will never forget, and you should be grateful to be alive. I'm going to school to become a Marine Biologist to specialize in Sharks. And I will take your advise about using a boat over 40 feet long when im going offshore.
  • keith watkins - 2010-05-18
    That will be an enjoyable career, the ocean is a beautiful treasure just waiting to be discovered, Diving in clear water in the Palm Beach Intracostal area around the peanut island sandbars north and south provides a spectacular underwater topography that will leave you in awe, it's a true underwater environment. with visibility on clear days pushing over a quarter mile. For those who have the means, there is no better place on earth, and with a career in marine biology you will always love to wake up in the morning and go to work.
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connor - 2009-04-26
Where can you buy these bamboo shark eggs? online?

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byron perry - 2009-03-25
I just got a california stingray, it is very active. I also have a snowflake eel in the same tank and he doesn't pick with the stingray at all. They follow each other around the tank.

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kathy taylor - 2009-01-24
I have a cat bamboo shark egg. I have had him almost 3 months. He has holes in his egg but hasn't hatched yet, do I need to help him out or will he come out by himself?

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kathy - 2008-12-26
I have had my cat shark egg since nov 4th. How do I know when its ready to hatch and do I need to help it?

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Valerie Blackland - 2008-11-12
Great whites and other sharks have received a deeply unfair rep. from tourists and citizens, and it is time this stopped. Parents tell their children to beware for sharks as they are killers, but is this true? A lot of research has been put into this, and some experts believe that, to the shark's eye, we humans appear to be seals or other prey, so who can blame them for hunting as they would naturally? After all, we live on land, and they live in the sea. We are the ones invading their territory when we enter the ocean, and, as the dangers have been clearly explained to us, I see no reason why it is the shark's fault that they prey on humans who have entered the ocean of their own free will. Sharks are actually adaptable, intelligent and fascinating, and it is only the sight of those teeth that scares us! When was the last time you saw a picture of a shark in a tank with fish, minding it's own business? Of course not! Those circulating are of shark bites, and sharks swimming menacingly towards divers. I mean, just look at JAWS! Realistic? I think not, and it is this kind of bias that will eventually bring sharks and other such predators to extinction!

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