Shark's road trip to jawsome new life on the Coast
THE 12-hour transfer of a monster, three-metre shark has signalled the beginning of a great migration.
Following the closure of Sea Life Sanctuary at Manly, about 2000 sea animals need new homes and SeaLife at Mooloolaba is making room for several sharks.
On Thursday SeaLife welcomed a 30-year-old male, grey nurse shark, transported by truck in a custom-built, mobile aquarium.
SeaLife displays curator Kate Willson said it was one of many sharks expected to be relocated to the Coast aquarium with the next shark likely to be moved within three weeks.
The number of sharks to be moved to the Coast is unknown.
Ms Willson said the company could only move one shark at a time on the road, with the driver stopping on the hour to conduct routine checks.
She said the 'huge operation' brought on exciting times for the Coast with the grey nurse shark being an endangered species.
"Moving these sharks is a very complex process and we are taking our time," she said.
"This particular species of shark has had a long history in the Sunshine Coast.
"SeaLife Sunshine Coast is actually one of the few aquariums in the world to successfully breed Grey Nurse sharks so it is a really exciting time to have them back."
The shark is already on display in the underwater ocean tunnel.
Ms Willson said the shark had already settled in nicely among the other sharks and sea creatures.
"Given the complex nature of moving an animal this size, the team has been planning for these moves for a number of months now," she said.
"We will be closely monitoring its movements, health and behaviour to make this transition as smooth as possible and we are extremely pleased with how well it has settled."
Other sea creatures will be moved to aquariums in Sydney and Melbourne.