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Sharklab – Malta

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The Aquarium has been collaborating with Sharklab Malta in a recovery and release programme of two species of local cat shark species, Nurse hounds and Lesser spotted cat sharks. Sharklab Malta visit the fish market in Valletta daily to report the amount of shark species that are landed and check whether or not they have egg cases inside them.

These egg cases are taken out and brought to the Aquarium for further development until they hatch naturally, where they are displayed to the public visiting the Aquarium. Both Sharklab Malta and the Aquarium have since organised three shark releases in order to give these species a second chance at life in the Sea.

Sharklab Malta spend a couple of weekends a year promoting awareness of shark conservation at the Aquarium by bringing egg case specimens, shark jaws and activity sheets for kids to learn. They also have been promoting an ‘Adopt a shark’ programme for kids who want to donate to the NGO and monitor the progress of their pup. This can also be purchased at the Malta National Aquarium, along with membership information to become a member of Sharklab Malta.