Bristol Aquarium is home to a host of shark species from tropical sharks to those found in the UK waters. If you look closely you might also see baby sharks developing inside their egg cases and juvenile sharks growing in our Nursery tanks too!
Three stages of Shark development, growing in their Shark egg cases at Bristol Aquarium
UK waters home to 33 species of shark
Did you know that UK waters are visited by 33 different species of shark? Our native display at Bristol Aquarium is home to some of our most spectacular including;
Tropical Sharks are very impressive, take a good look in our colourful Coral Seas tank where you can find a Leopard Shark, a Bamboo Cat Shark and a Epaulette Shark too. Experience them swimming over your head in our underwater tunnel!
Join us for a Shark talk and feed, details can be found on our events page.
Leopard Shark gracefully swimming
All of the animals here are chosen with the future very much in mind. The adult size of the fish is carefully considered and none of our fish will grow too large for their displays and have to be re-homed.
The largest sharks we have here at the Aquarium are around 1.5 metres in length, fully grown. We strongly believe that it is our responsibility to provide long term, sustainable homes for our fish, both now and in the future.
It may surprise you to know that rays and skates are members of the shark family. In fact they are flattened versions of Sharks but with some crucial differences. Read more about which species you can see here in our Bay of Rays.
Juvenile Ray born at Bristol Aquarium
Caution!Our floor surfaces change throughout the aquarium and for safety reasons we advise visitors not to wear stiletto heels during a visit.