Striped twins: take a look at cat shark pups at the Moskvarium

September 29, 2019
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Two cat shark babies are born at VDNKh's Moskvarium. With their weight being about 40 g, the pups are some 10 cm long. The small predators like to feast on fine-cut squid, mussels and shrimp.

'Our ichthyologists have managed to provide the best habitat conditions for cat sharks, as close as possible to the wild nature. Experts have set a special diet, lighting, temperature, water salinity, everything the babies need to live and grow,'  said the Press Service of Moskvarium.

Cat shark owes its name to its large expressive cat-like eyes, flexible body and the habit to sleep curled up. Besides, they, like cats, prefer solitary and nocturnal life. Adult cat sharks are about 120 cm long. They live around 25 years. Because of the colour, this shark is called brown-striped. They live in coastal coral reefs in the Eastern Indian and Western Pacific oceans.

Exhibitions, open lessons and master classes

26-29 September, 10:00 am till 10:00 pm, you are welcome to take a look at the cat shark pups for free in a marine aquarium installed for this purpose on the second floor of the oceanarium. The festive event is timed to the World Maritime Day celebrated on 26 September.

Moskvarium visitors  will also meet the amazing inhabitants of the Sea of Japan and White Sea: Japanese common starfish, sugar starfish, blue bat star, hermit crabs and sea cucumbers. During the classes taught by ichthyologists on the second floor, you can even touch these sea animals. Open lessons will take place 26-29 September, 02:00 pm till 03:00 pm. Admission is free.

On 26 October, the oceanarium will also host an underwater photography exhibition. The display includes 20 works by Andrei Gorodissky. You will view expressive portraits of a friendly sea cow, a great white shark, a humpback whale baby and other rare shots of deep sea inhabitants. The exhibition will run on the second floor of the Moskvarium until 29 September, 10:00 am till 10:00 pm. Admission is free.

Also, the second floor of the complex will run free workshops for children to make cardboard sea crowns, 10:30 am till 06:30 pm.

Moskvarium at VDNKh opened in August 2015. It is one of the largest oceanariums in Europe, located hundreds of kilometres from the coastline. It is home to over 12,000 inhabitants. The complex covers more than 53,000 sq m, with its aquariums holding about 25 million litres of water. The space is divided into three zones: the aquarium, the water show area and the dolphin swim centre.

Public feeding of sea animals is one of the popular entertainments among the Moskvarium visitors. Watch divers feeding a shark ray, an IUCN Red List hawksbill turtle, and other rare sea inhabitants.

Watch the feeding in detail in the biggest marine aquarium on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 02:00 pm.


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