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Police rescue rare marine animal: New home on North Sea island already found

2023-12-14T10:19:30.984Z

Highlights: Police rescue rare marine animal: New home on North Sea island already found.. Status: 14.12.2023, 11:05 a.m. BST. A washed-up shark needed help, and the police took it to its new, temporary home – along with other sharks. The exact number of catsharks on the North Sea coast is unknown, according to the aquarium. Because the breeding of these sea creatures also takes place here, the animals are cared for and regularly released back into the wild.



Status: 14.12.2023, 11:05 a.m.

By: Marcel Prigge

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A rare catshark strands on Borkum and is rescued by the police. In his new, temporary home, he becomes part of a special community.

Borkum – The police are often involved in some of these curious rescue operations. The officials on the North Sea island of Borkum had probably not expected this animal deployment. A washed-up shark needed help, and the police took it to its new, temporary home – along with other sharks.

Washed up catshark rescued – police bring animal to a new home

Catshark in distress! The rare inhabitant of the North Sea has recently washed up on Borkum, reports the Leer/Emden police. An attentive passer-by discovered a stranded catshark on the south beach, which was in a very bad condition. The forces of the Borkum police took care of it, secured the marine animal and brought it to the North Sea aquarium on Borkum by water transport. There, the young sea dweller is now being nursed back to health.

A rarely seen guest in the North Sea: A small-spotted catshark has washed up on the coast off Borkum. The police rescued the animal. (Symbolic image) © Jordi Chias/Imago

Catsharks are often stranded on the North Sea coast. The directors of the North Sea Aquarium, Maria Oetjen and her husband Ihno, are also aware of this. Here, the animals are cared for and regularly released back into the wild. So the newcomer should be in good company.

Breeding and reintroduction: Aquarium on Borkum nurses catsharks back to health

In their show aquarium, which houses a total of about 90 different species of sea creatures, three male and three female small spotted cat sharks provide offspring. Because the breeding of these sea creatures also takes place here. The slender animals, which can live up to 40 years and grow up to 1.20 meters long, are the smallest sharks native to the North Sea. The exact number of catsharks on the North Sea coast is unknown, according to the aquarium.

Source: merkur

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