Since the sharks are nocturnal, their strolls and swims frequently happen at night.
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A major challenge raising such sharks is finding tank mates that will not fight with the shark, or that the shark won't eat. They seem to get along with harlequin tusk fish, imperative angelfish, and blue girdled angelfish.
Bamboo sharks clearly have many claims to pet fame, but it's hard to beat their dramatic births. Even without the scissor suspense, they can give owners, including public aquarium staff, a shock. For example, Kico Iraolas of SeaLife Park in Weymouth, Dorset, U.K., had no idea what he was in for when he was performing a routine examination of a bamboo shark egg case.
Suddenly the egg burst open right in Iraolas' hand, and out popped a very gregarious shark.
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Iraolas told the Daily Mail that he "was very surprised and wasn't expecting it at all...I called my colleagues who came over and we put the shark in a separate tank with lots of algae because when they are young they like to hide."
Adult bamboo sharks measure about 3 feet long, so hiding becomes trickier at that point, helping to explain why their multicolored bodies evolved to blend in with their natural reef habitats.