Rare sharks released into Nha Trang waters

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Vinpearl Land Tourism Company released 25 rare baby brownbanded bamboo sharks into the sea around the central resort town of Nha Trang Sunday.


The sharks (Chiloscyllium punctatum), aged between one and three months old, are the offspring of three pairs of sharks currently in Vinpearl aquarium, part of Vinpearl Land Resort.


Found in the Indo-West Pacific from Japan to northern Australia, the sharks are classified as "near threatened" on the International Union for the Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources' Red List.


Major threats to the sharks, 1.04 metres when fully grown, include the loss of their habitat, pollution, and hunting for the aquarium trade and food.

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