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Bamboo Shark

SKU 100311

Bamboo Sharks are a small family of cartilaginous fish found in the Indo-Pacific Ocean. They don’t grow longer than four feet in length, and have long, thin bodies with whisker-like barbels near their mouths.

  • Scientific Name: Family Hemiscylliidae
  • Characteristics: This accurate, detailed Bamboo Shark features the long, cylinder-shaped body the family is known for, with small barbels on its face and large spiracles (breathing holes) underneath the eyes. Its distinctive bars mark the figure as a juvenile, or young shark.
  • Size and Color: This hand-painted Bamboo Shark figure measures 5 ¼ inches long and just over 1 inch high to the top of its dorsal fin. It’s just a bit shorter than a standard ballpoint pen. The shark’s coloration is alternating dark brown and lighter brown bars, with white eyes and a cream-colored underside.
  • The Bamboo Shark is part of the Wild Safari® Sea Life collection.
  • All of our products are Non-toxic and BPA free.
  •  History:

    Bamboo Sharks live in shallow, rocky areas, and do not have to keep moving to force water through their gills to breathe like most shark species. They lazily search the seafloor for food, which includes fish and invertebrates. These sharks do well in captivity and are often found in aquariums.

    • Recommended Age: 3+
    • Size in cm: 13.3 L x 4.4 W x 2.9 H
    • Size in inches: 5.24 L x 1.73 W x 1.14 H
    • UPC: 095866003685
    Present Status The blue shark is currently listed as Near Threatened. The main threats include shark finning, being caught unintentionally by dragnet and longline fishing methods, and being caught intentionally by sport fishermen. Conservation efforts include prohibitions on finning in certain areas, limits on how many blue sharks can be unintentionally or intentionally caught and the establishment of carefully managed shark fisheries in the Gulf of Mexico and Atlantic Ocean.