Manchester Sea Life Centre has welcomed it’s first new inhabitant since opening in June this year.
Neville, the zebra shark, has made the short journey down the M6 from Blackpool to Manchester.
Zebra sharks swap their stripes for spots as they mature and Neville has been showing signs of the transformation, signifying that the time has come for him to move to a new environment.
The attraction wont be all new to Neville as Myke Bell, one of the dive team in Manchester, is also from the Blackpool aquarium so he will have a friendly face to help him settle in.
Neville’s new home in the tropical ray tank at the intu Trafford Centre will be the perfect size for him to grow. He will later return to the larger tank at Sea Life in Blackpool where he will housed with a female ready for mating.
Currently just 90cm long Neville could eventually grow to a huge 11 foot long and live for a maximum of thirty years. Found in coral reefs with a sandy bottom in the Indian Ocean and Western Pacific zebra sharks are vulnerable in the seas due to heavy fishing and the breeding programme of which Neville will become the star in Blackpool hopes to redress this balance in some way.
Lucy Handel, curator said; “Neville is just at that funny age now where he is too big for his old home but might get bullied a little bit by the big boys in the main ocean tank in Blackpool.
"We don’t want that and luckily have the perfect home for him in our bay of rays with our six super friendly cownose rays, two blue spot stingrays and a banded bamboo shark in the ray tank.
“Providing the exact right environment for our creatures is of utmost importance to us at SEA LIFE and the variety of different habitats and tanks in our attractions means that sometimes a short geographical move can be the perfect and most simple solution. We can’t wait to welcome neville and are pleased to be able to help our colleagues from Blackpool out in providing a temporary home for him."