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511 N Main Street

Hendersonville, NC 28792
Tel/Fax: 828-692-8386


Plan your visit

    Wednesday thru Saturday 1:00 - 5:00 pm           (last admission 4:30pm)
losed on Sunday and Monday

Shark and stingray feeding 1 & 4 pm during public hours.
Tank Talks 2 pm
A guest may be chosen  to help feed the ray at each feeding
Guests may be asked to help feed the turtles and tortoises at 3:30
Guest interactions with animals depend upon animal behavior

Reservations available for groups, programs, parties & events:  
        Tuesdays  8:30am - 3:30pm & Wednesday thru Saturday 8:30 am -12:00 noon

Please check our calendar for AVAILABLE dates / times

Friday, Aug 14, 1-4:30
Party like a shark!   Join us for a pirate themed birthday party for our shark, Morgan. Crafts!   Games! Activities!


$4.00 p/p for ages 4 to 74
visitors under 4 yrs & over 74 yrs are FREE
$ 2.00 for guests over 60 on Wednesday
$3.00 p/p for groups of 10 or more 
     - large groups please call ahead.

Military (active & retired) admitted FREE with ID accompanying family members receive $1.00 off
Teachers admitted free with current ID


 Featured Fish

 .Meet Miss Morgan!                          Morgan in her egg

     Morgan is a bamboo shark pup that we "hatched" at Team ECCO on June 17, 2014.   In "hatching" her, we literally cut her from her egg, with her yolk sac attached, and transferred her into a clear container.   While growing in her container, Team ECCO students could monitor her growth, gill development, coloration, and depletion of the yolk (or food) sack.  
     Morgan is doing great and feeds from our hands on tasty meals like ghost shrimp and pieces of table shrimp and silver sides.   Her food is treated with vitamins, garlic, and iodide.   Make sure you take a few minutes to stop and see her on your visit!

     Bamboo sharks are belong to a bottom dwelling group of fish called carpet sharks.   They reach an average length of.
40-46" in captivity.  They are generally nocturnal and some research shows them to be light sensitive.   They have a soft belly area, and caution must be used to avoid course substrate to prevent belly scratches.   Small but strong, this shark has been known to topple rocks and structures in home aquariums.   Bamboo sharks are native to the Indo-Pacific region.  Females have been seen to start producing eggs at roughly 2 - 3 years of age and may, especially in captivity, produce eggs without a male.  A female may lay 2-4 eggs a week for up to 4 months.   The eggs are literally tied down to a hard surface or structure upon being laid. These small sharks are carnivores and feed off of shell fish, crabs, small fish, and worms. 

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