Affectionately known as the 'Labradors of the Sea', Grey Nurse Sharks are one of the most docile species of shark and are not considered dangerous to humans.
Historically, Grey Nurse Sharks were killed, being mistaken for 'man-eaters' in the 1960's. They became protected in NSW in 1984, and are now protected throughout Australia.
Meet some of our Grey Nurse Sharks...
Pallas is the newest adult Grey Nurse Shark in Shark Harbour. She has only been here since 1997 and came from Seal Rocks near Coffs Harbour. Pallas is our nicest looking Grey Nurse shark; she has an upturned nose and a streamlined body. In February 2007, Pallas became a first time mum, when she gave birth to our newest pup, Murdoch. Pallas along with Artemis, now seems to have the favour of our male sharks in the breeding season.
This is our newest Grey Nurse Shark pup born on 6th February 2007. He was named by a couple who were married on Scuba, here in Shark Harbour. Murdoch means 'keeper of the sea' in Scottish and is therefore a very apt name. Murdoch measured 110cm long at birth and is the first born for his mother Pallas. This birth is a very rare event - Manly SEA LIFE Sanctuary is one of only 3 aquariums worldwide to successfully breed Grey Nurse Sharks in captivity.
Huey is the smallest adult shark in Shark Harbour. He came to Manly SEA LIFE Sanctuary in 1994. Perhaps in an effort to look larger, he often swims with his pectoral fins pointing down, and his back slightly arched. This must work for him as he managed to mate with a few of our females last year despite having Trio and Patches for competition. Huey is most easily recognized by his large, downward pointing snout.
Striker has been in the Oceanarium for a long time, and is believed to be our oldest shark. She also came from Seal Rocks on the 18th December 1984. Striker is easily recognized as our smallest adult female with a slight arch in her body. Striker has plenty of residual scarring on her flanks from past mating seasons, but has never reproduced. She is generally a very slow swimmer. She was named Striker because of her animated feeding behavior at the time of her capture.