Thursday, 8 September 2011

Ladies and Gentlemen - a big hand for the big (and little) fish!!!

CUE THE FISH:  - Aquarium is all about fish, but, who are the stars in 45 different display tanks?
  • notes for a news article that will appear in the next edition of Diver Magazine.


Sand Tiger Sharks thrive in captivity. Toronto Aquarium will feature the species. Photo - North Carolina. sweir files.
 For now the  aquarium isn't releasing much information about what it will be showing inside.  Ripleys' Vice President Joe Chromanski told Diver they will be releaseing information closer to the opening date.
" We don't want to steal our own thunder," he said.  " I can say that we will have up to 45 different tanks inside  - the largest is the 750,000 galleon shark tank, the smallest will be a 6 to 10 galleon space for baby seahorses."
"In the Great Lakes (tank) we will have a cross section of what divers are likely to see  - everything from pike to paddle fish,"said Chromanski."  Paddle fish aren't in the Great Lakes but we do find them in their drainage area. " Ripleys fresh water exhibit will be  covering  both the lakes and their ecosystem.
"We  will acquire as many of the animals as we can ourselves.  We are legally permitted to collect sharks (for the most part in the Florida Keys)," explained the Florida based Chromanski.  "We also work with commercial collectors in Canada and the United States."
The company has no plans to capture sharks in Canadian waters. Chromanski, a fisheries biologist says that local fish, like the Six Gill, the Seven Gill and the Greenland sharks are too big to live in the Toronto aquarium tank. Large fish that adapt well to aquarium life include sand tiger sharks, hammerhead sharks, reef sharks and manta rays.

Bio Notes: Joe Chromanski is Vice President at Ripley Entertainment headquarters in Florida. He studied Fisheries Biology at Oregon State University. He currently lives in Orlando, Florida. The 51-year old Chromanski was born and raised in Ohio.
Update:   No sooner did I imply that the Sand Tiger Shark is not a fish found in Canadians waters did the CBC report differently.  The following is a link to a cbc.ca story about a Sand Tiger being caught in East Coast river! http://www.cbc.ca/news/offbeat/story/2011/09/16/nb-sand-tiger-shark-petitcodiac-542.html

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