Bristol Aquarium is home to a whole host of shark species from all corners of the world. Did you know that there are around 440 known species of sharks?! You can find a number of different species across seven of our displays. Take a close look at sharks found in tropical waters and those in native UK waters. See how many different ones you can spot!
Don’t forget to make the most of our daily talks and feeds. You’ll get the chance to learn all about sharks, including plenty of fascinating facts about their diets and traits!
Juvenile Catshark at Bristol Aquarium
UK Native Sharks
Did you know that 33 different shark species swim through UK waters? Look out for the different markings, colours and sizes of these sharks in our native display. Here you’ll find…
Lesser spotted cat sharks
Smooth hound sharks
Starry smooth hound sharks
When you think of sharks, you’ll probably imagine them swimming through tropical waters. Although sharks can live in warm and cold waters, and they are found in every ocean on Earth, many shark species live near the equator.
Head over to our Coral Sea tank to find leopard sharks and bamboo cat sharks. You can also get up close to these two tropical species by wandering through our Underwater Tunnel – watch as the sharks and other tropical fish swim over your head.
Leopard Shark gracefully swimming
All of the sharks at our aquarium are chosen with their future very much in mind. Whilst baby sharks can be born really small, many species grow rapidly as they mature, so we carefully consider the adult size of all of our sharks (and our fish) to ensure that none of them will grow too large for their displays and have to be re-homed.
This is why we don’t have any big sharks at our aquarium. The largest sharks you can see here are around 1.5 metres in length when fully grown. We strongly believe that it is our responsibility to provide long-term, sustainable homes for all of our fish, both for now and in the future.
Something that might come as a bit of a surprise to you: rays and skates are actually members of the shark family! In fact, they are flattened versions of sharks, but they have a number of crucial differences.