Breeding shark stolen from aquarist in UK

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London - A live Indonesian shark has been stolen from a breeder's garden in England, the distraught owners and police said on Tuesday, robbing six baby sharks of their mother.

The two-foot-long marble shark (60 centimetres) was stolen from Peter Newman's garden in Farnborough, south-west of London, on Saturday.

Newman, 68, kept the female mottled brown fish in an aquarium in a brick shed. It is one half of the only breeding pair of marble sharks in Britain.

The animal is worth around £2 500.

Newman found the shed door open and all the lights on inside, then realised his prize shark was missing.

He and his wife June run an aquatics shop from their home and fear that customers who came to see the baby sharks have eyed up the mother and returned to steal her.

June Newman said the shark thief or thieves would have needed a ladder to get up to the tank.

"It's very upsetting for us as the babies have lost their mother and we cannot breed anymore," she said.

"They are rare in this country. As far as we know, we are the only people here to breed them."

Police constable Stephen Court said it may have been a targeted burglary.

"The victim is desperate for the fish to be returned and we urge anyone with information about the burglary to contact us," he said.

"Due to the unusual type of shark, it will be difficult to sell in this country."
 

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And people think crime is weird here in S.A. At least here you only have your TV or car stolen... No-one here would dream of stealing a snake or shark... Superstitions rule.
 
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i hear shark fin soup is the lates't tread in UK ,have to ask Wee Man ABOUT THIS!
 

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Ross - hopefully none.

Sharks require HUGE HUGE aquariums. A minimum of 20000 litres. Even the more docile/sessile sharks (pyjama shark, cat sharks, bamboo sharks, etc) require quite bit aquariums and VERY specialised feeding. The filtration systems for such aquariums are also far bigger than you would normally use to keep "normal aquarium fish".

Look - it can be done, but it is not really advisable.....
 
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Ross - hopefully none.

Sharks require HUGE HUGE aquariums. A minimum of 20000 litres. Even the more docile/sessile sharks (pyjama shark, cat sharks, bamboo sharks, etc) require quite bit aquariums and VERY specialised feeding. The filtration systems for such aquariums are also far bigger than you would normally use to keep "normal aquarium fish".

Look - it can be done, but it is not really advisable.....
Yeah must be rather specialized.
I remember the airport in Singapore had a shark tank. Was awesome but I felt sorry for the creatures, especially since I was on my way to dive with them in Thailand.
 
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There could be a new Doctor Evil getting ready to stock his Death Ray Shark Tank? Just an Idea :whistling:
 
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i hear shark fin soup is the lates't tread in UK ,have to ask Wee Man ABOUT THIS!
Speaking of Wee-Man, does he even have a alibi for the time the shark disappeared?
:policeman:
 

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The biggest thing with sharks specifically, is that they are really in danger of becoming extinct. Sharks have very long gestation periods, and also take many years to become sexually mature - to enable them to breed.... therefor am I against humans killing sharks, or even perhaps keeping them in an aquarium, increasing the chances that they will die long before they are sexually mature to breed.....
That is probably one of the MAIN reasons why this owner of this breeding female is so distraught....
 

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i hear shark fin soup is the lates't tread in UK ,have to ask Wee Man ABOUT THIS!
Nope not true, shark fishing,whaling and non- dolphin friendly tuna are all frowned upon, greenpeace and similar other movements are very strong on those issues, most of our supermarkets now need to show where the fish and animal products are taken from, we don't even get veal much these days.

Speaking of Wee-Man, does he even have a alibi for the time the shark disappeared?
:policeman:
:whistling:
 

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