New creatures debut at Sea Life Aquarium in Concord
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Friday, Aug. 15, 2014

New creatures debut at Sea Life Aquarium in Concord

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    The bluespotted ray is found from Japan in the north to Australia in the south. It is identified by the “mask” over its eyes and its lighter blue spots.
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    An aquarist readies the Sea Life exhibit for the two new sharks.
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    The epaulette shark, one of the new residents at Sea Life Aquarium at Concord Mills mall, can be identified by the large, black false eyespot located on each side, just over its pectoral fins.

Two new species of shark and one new species of ray have arrived at Sea Life Aquarium at Concord Mills mall.

The new residents are an epaulette shark, a whitespotted bamboo shark and a bluespotted ray.

The animals were transported from a sister Sea Life, in Grapevine, Texas.

The epaulette shark is normally found in the waters around Australia and New Guinea. It can be identified by a large, black false eyespoton each side, just over its pectoral fins.

In the wild, the bluespotted ray can be found as far north as Japan and all the way south to Australia. It is easily identifiable by its “mask” over its eyes and its blue spots.

Whitespotted bamboo sharks are typically found in the coral reefs of the Pacific Ocean and have white and dark spots.

“One of our top priorities is to create unique and educational experiences for all of our guests,” said Jack Stevenson, marketing manager at Sea Life Charlotte-Concord. “We plan to do so by continually expanding our exhibits and showcasing the fascinating lives of our diverse group of creatures.”

The new creatures can be seen in the aquarium’s Bay of Rays exhibit. Also make sure to check out “Serpents of the Sea,” a new exhibit that showcases nine species of eel from all over the world.

More than 5,000 animals are now at home in the aquarium’s tanks and displays, according to a news release from Sea Life.

Jenny Brantley is a freelance writer. Have a story idea for Jenny? Email her at brntlyjnny@yahoo.com.

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