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April 21, 2021 07:02 am

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Press service of the Moskvarium at VDNKh

Visitors to the aquarium will be able to look at the shark, which was born in mid-January. While the baby is in the adaptation pool, he will soon move to an aquarium with stingrays and will show himself to guests for the first time.

Moskvarium invites you to take part in the “shark” quest, find out what the stingrays are doing, and come up with a name for the little shark. On April 24 and 25, adults and young visitors to the aquarium will be “Toothy weekend”… For two days, they will be given lectures, thematic excursions and games.

Some events require advance registration and purchase of a ticket. Visitors are also asked to maintain social distance and wear gloves and masks.

What are the similarities between stingrays and sharks, where they live and what affects the number of their populations, will be explained at the lectures “Sharks and rays of the World Ocean”. They will be held in the Moskvarium lecture hall on April 24 at 11:00, 14:00 and 16:00. Ichthyologists will tell you about the characteristics of rays and sharks and the different types of these predators. Admission is free, everyone over five years old can listen to specialists. To participate, you must first register by calling the call center: +7 (499) 677-77-77.

An exciting “shark” quest was prepared for the young guests of the Moskvarium. It will run on April 24 and 25 from 10:00 to 22:00. According to the terms of the game, participants must go through five stations located in the exposition of the aquarium and find clues in aquariums with sharks. Visitors who have guessed the code word will receive Moskvarium branded stickers depicting the inhabitants of the deep sea.

Children over five years old who have a ticket to the Aquarium will be able to take part in the quest. To join the quest, they need to take his card at the information desk. It is located on the ground floor of the complex at the entrance to the Aquarium.

You can see the baby whitetip shark on the thematic excursions “Sharks and rays of the World Ocean”. They will be held on April 24 and 25 at 13:00, 15:00 and 17:00. Visitors will be shown aquatic inhabitants living in the aquarium, and a shark, which was born three months ago. The recommended age for participants is over five years old. Visitors who have purchased tickets to the Aquarium exposition will be able to join the tour. They must also register in advance by calling the call center: +7 (499) 677-77-77.

The shark was born in mid-January 2021, and so far the baby has not been shown to the public. This is the first whitetip shark cub to appear in the Moskvarium.

The mother of the shark stayed with its relatives in the home aquarium, and the ichthyologists immediately moved the newborn to a special adaptation pool. Here he is not threatened by other predators and he can calmly develop under the round-the-clock supervision of specialists.

The baby grows healthy, gains weight quickly and swims at a high speed. He has already switched to an adult diet that includes fish, shellfish and crustaceans. The shark’s favorite delicacy is squid.

From April 21st, the new home of the predator will be a spacious marine aquarium with migratory rays. It is located at the beginning of the Moskvarium exposition. While the cub is very small, it will be more comfortable with stingrays than with relatives. And after about a year, when he grows up and fully adapts, he will be moved to his parents in the main marine aquarium.

Everyone is invited to take part in the voting and help choose a name for the shark. You can offer your options on the Moskvarium page on the social network “Instagram”in the comments to the contest post. The collection of votes will last from 12:00 on April 21 to 18:00 on April 28.

Based on the results of the voting, four names will be selected, which will be included in the final stage of voting. It will take place on April 29 in the aquarium’s official Instagram account. The finalists will receive two tickets to visit the Aquarium exposition. And for the winner of the competition, an individual excursion “Sharks and rays of the World Ocean” will be held.

Whitetip reef shark is distributed practically throughout the tropical zone of the Indian and Pacific Oceans. It can live in various conditions, but its favorite habitats are the lagoons of coral atolls and the outer side of reefs. An adult individual reaches about 1.8 meters in length and weighs more than 10 kilograms. She grows up to 25 years old.

The shark feeds on octopuses, spiny lobsters, crabs, fish, caviar. The tips of its first dorsal and caudal fins are white. This distinctive feature gave the name to the species.

VDNKh is a unique public space with more than 80 years of history. Today the exhibition brings together 49 cultural heritage sites, and its total area exceeds 325 hectares.

All events on the territory of VDNKh are carried out in compliance with sanitary and epidemiological standards. Detailed information on preventive measures can be found on the official website Exhibitions.

EDITOR’S NOTE: This article is a translation. Apologies should the grammar and or sentence structure not be perfect.

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