Two 9-month sand sharks swim in the shark nursery in the adventures Aquarium in Camden. (1969003) Although sharks of this size can only eat once or twice a week in nature, baby sharks here eat twice a day. They eat anything they would normally eat in the wild, including shrimp, herring and squid.
"We eat them more because they grow," Echinger says. "In general, we feed the animals here a little bit longer because this is a way to keep them happy."
Sandy sharks are common on the New Jersey coast and are known to be obedient, with few, if any, threatening people. "They are curious and tend to be a little smaller," Ehinger said. "Their maximum size is about 8 feet, so even if you meet one in the wild, you will not be very scared … well, I will not be afraid," she said with a laugh. "A 15-foot shark for me is great."