Have you ever seen a tiger shark up close? In Budapest’s “shark zoo”, you can get up close and personal with these awe-inspiring marine predators every day of the year. Sharks are one of the most misunderstood creatures, with many superficial misconceptions circulating. Let’s dispel some of them now!
Bloodthirsty predators that prey on humans – NOT
Although the shark is a predator, its main food is cold-blooded marine organisms such as crustaceans, bony fish, pinnipeds, birds and sea turtles. Warm-blooded humans are therefore not considered prey. Shark attacks are more likely to be caused by humans who do not respect sharks’ territory. Sharks also eat relatively little, 3% of their body weight per day. Moreover, they can go for weeks without food.
Sharks are dumb-NOT
There is evidence from several studies that sharks have short and long-term memories and can learn from observation. Many shark species have excellent problem-solving skills, social skills and curiosity. In 1987, many people saw a dead whale washed ashore and pulled by seven great white sharks to deeper waters to be eaten.
To find out more, visit the Tropicarium in Budapest: https://tropicarium.hu
Take your Minicards card with you, which you can find in hotels in Budapest, offering a 15% discount.