Every week is Shark Week at the New England Aquarium!

So head to the Aquarium, follow the rhymes below, and try to find every shark species that we have on exhibit.

In our Giant Ocean Tank
see if you can spot…
three sharks heads like shovels
(they swim up near the top). 
bonnethead shark
Bonnethead sharks (Sphyrna tiburo) are one of nine species of hammerhead sharks.
Hidden by the Edge of the Sea
Is a shark you don’t want to miss.
Chain catsharks can be quite shy,
and hide in crevices! 
Chain catsharks (Scyliorhinus retifer) are one of four elasmobranch species shown to possesses biofluorescent properties!
Hanging with the cownose rays
(if you care to linger)
are two different types of sharks
you can touch with your finger! 
visitors stop at the Trust Family Foundation Shark and Ray Touch tank during the holiday breakfast 2018.
Our Trust Family Foundation Shark and Ray Touch Tank is home to marbled coral catsharks (Atelomycterus marmoratus) and epaulette sharks (Hemiscyllium ocellatum).
Down in the Science of Sharks
(and endemic to coastal waters)

We don’t think it’s a stretch to say
“This shark’s the cat’s pajamas.”
The pyjama shark (Poroderma africanum) is a bottom-dwelling species of catshark endemic to the coastal waters of South Africa.
Keep your eyes peeled for something bold
behind pectoral fins. 
Dressed always in polka dots,
epaulettes will make you grin. 
epaulette shark
The Epaulette shark (Hemiscyllium ocellatum) is named for the large black and white spot behind its first pectoral fin—similar to the epaulettes on a military uniform.
Found off the coasts of Japan
in the Northern Pacific Ocean
this bullheaded shark
is causing quite the commotion. 
Japanese Bullhead Shark (Heterodontus japonicus) are commonly found on rocky and kelp-covered bottom near shore on the continental shelf  off Japan, Korea, and China. 
This sounds like a tall tale, 
but we swear we’re not all talk
This fancy-looking shark
USES ITS FINS TO WALK!
halmahera walking shark
The Halmahera walking shark (Hemiscyllium halmahera) is a species of bamboo shark that use its pectoral fins to “walk” along the ocean floor.
And that’s not all there is to see.
There’s so much more to spot.
In case you hadn’t guessed it…

We like sharks (a lot). 

Conservation Context

Despite their popularity, sharks are a group of fish that we know remarkably little about. While we do know that they are highly vulnerable to overfishing and climate change, basic information on movements, population structure, behavior, and life-history are unknown for many vulnerable or exploited species of sharks, skates, and rays. At the Aquarium’s Anderson Cabot Center for Ocean Life, our research on sharks, skates, and rays focuses on delivering scientific data that can be used to improve the management and conservation of threatened or data-poor species. We study everything from basic species life history to behavior to broad-scale movements.

Read even more about sharks!