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 Movie characters Thelma and Louise after whom the sharks are named

Movie characters Thelma and Louise after whom the sharks are named

Movie characters Thelma and Louise after whom the sharks are named

EXPERTS are hoping female sharks Thelma and Louise, named after the famous movie characters, will be interested in a new male introduced to their tank.

Sea Life in Bray has begun a breeding programme to help conserve the Black Tip Reef Shark species, involving the two resident females and one male newcomer.

It is the first time an attempt has been made to breed the "near-threatened" species in an aquarium as small as Sea Life.

The pioneering programme was announced to coincide with the launch of Sea Life's new feature, Shark Reef Encounter.

Sea Life director Pat O Suilleabhain said: "It's a really exciting time as the world will be watching our attempt to make this work. If we succeed, the implications for saving the Black Tip Reef Shark are massive."

AOKEEFE@HERALD.IE


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