Sea Life Sunshine Coast recently welcomed a 3 metre grey nurse shark, transported by truck in a custom-built, mobile aquarium designed and manufactured by AAT.
The 12-hour transfer of the 30-year-old shark is just one of many to commerce over the next few weeks. Following the closure of Sea Life Sanctuary at Manly, about 2000 sea animals need new homes.
Sea Life displays curator Kate Willson said it was one of many sharks expected to be relocated to the Coast aquarium with the next shark likely to be moved within three weeks.
Ms Willson said the company could only move one shark at a time on the road, with the driver stopping on the hour to conduct routine checks.
She said the ‘huge operation’ brought on exciting times for the Coast with the grey nurse shark being an endangered species.
“Moving these sharks is a very complex process and we are taking our time, Sea Life Sunshine Coast is actually one of the few aquariums in the world to successfully breed Grey Nurse sharks so it is a really exciting time to have them back.”
The shark is now on display in the underwater ocean tunnel.