NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - The Audubon Aquarium of the Americas welcomed "Caroline," the newest resident to the Gulf of Mexico exhibit.
The 3-year-old sand tiger shark moved to New Orleans on November 5 from the North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher.
Transporting sharks requires a team of experienced staff and volunteers. The aquarium released a video of the moving process. (Mobile users can view the video here: http://bit.ly/1t9q2vP)
The sand tiger shark is listed as vulnerable on the International Union for Conservation of Nature Red List and is a candidate for the U.S. Endangered Species list. Although sand tiger populations are found all over the world, they have one of the lowest reproduction rates of all sharks, giving birth to one or two large pups every two years, the aquarium states.
"In our waters, sand tigers are a protected species due to vulnerable status in the wild," said Audubon Aquarium Acting Director of Husbandry James Arnold.
Caroline weighs approximately 90 pounds and measures 5-feet in length.