Help aquarium name its shark

The un-named zebra shark. EMN-150721-132108001
The un-named zebra shark. EMN-150721-132108001

Here is a competition to get your teeth into ... a chance to help Skegness Aquarium name its nine-month-old zebra shark.

The recently opened attraction is throwing open the opportunity to come up with a fin-tastic name for the jaw-some creature.

As it approaches its first birthday, the animal is losing its baby stripes and gaining its adult spots.

A spokesman for Teen Spirit Ltd, the company behind the aquarium, said: “He is developing a real attitude for his age and our zoological team are struggling to get him to take his vitamins, but he loves eating squid and giant prawn.

“We think he is going to be a real handful when he grows to 6ft in length.”

He added: “If you think you have got the perfect name for our first shark, then tell us and the winner will not only get to choose his name but will also win an animal adoption pack for our zebra shark.

“This includes a free family ticket so you can visit your new family member and lots of aquarium goodies.”

For your chance to win, visit www.skegness-aquarium.uk and follow the competition link.

Enter your contact details and chosen name, including the reason why you have chosen it.

Only one entry is allowed per person.

“Our zoological team will pick the name we think reflects his character the best,” the spokesman added.

The competition closes on Friday, July 31, at midnight, so best be snappy with those suggestions.

Skegness Aquarium opened in Tower Esplanade on the site of the former Panda’s Palace play area at the end of last month.

Other attractions at the site include common seahorses, horseshoe crabs, chocolate chip sea stars, clown fish, moray eels, unicorn tangs and stingrays.

The appearance of a zebra shark changes over the course of its life.

As juveniles, they have stripes on their bodies, giving rise to their name. However, these stripes give way to spots as they become adults.

Zebra sharks can reach a length of about 2-3.5m, weigh from 20-30k and have a lifespan of 25-35 years.

They are among a group of sharks known as ‘carpet sharks’ – a name which refers to their habit of living on the seabed, but also their patterned skin.

They are omnivours, but tend to eat meat, dining on such things as small fish, crabs and shrimp.

Zebra sharks tend to be found in the warmer coastal waters and around tropical coral reefs.