Shark Research Lab

Are sharks really dangerous?

Do you think sharks are terrifying creatures? Surprisingly, they have a small appetite, and only a few species actually attack people.
Here you can discover what sharks really are through a variety of materials such as specimens as well as see real sharks swimming in the tank.

Water tank capacity 800m3
Exhibited species 5

The above information is as of April 2010.

Great White Shark Fetus

Great white shark embryos are known to feed on “nutritious eggs” in the womb (omopagic viviparity). Research conducted by Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium in 2016 determined that the female secretes a lipid-rich liquid called “womb milk” as a source of nutrition. The embryos develop by feeding on eggs produced by the mother after drinking the milk in the womb.

Let’s touch a shark’s skin.

In the center of this exhibition area are skin samples from a shark and a manta ray. The surface of fish skin varies by species. Shark skin feels different depending on what direction you stroke it from: Run your hand from the top of the shark to the bottom, and it will be smooth. Move your hand in the opposite direction, and the texture is rough. Use your hands to explore the difference.

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