Sharks and Rays - Disney Animals
Dive into a fascinating water world and skim the surface with—or swim alongside—live sharks and rays!
Where to Find Sharks and Rays
Every week is shark week at Walt Disney World Resort, where you can see several shark and ray species up close!
Sharks and Rays at Walt Disney World Resort
Come marvel at these fascinating and primitive denizens of the deep as they patrol the waters at the massive aquarium of The Seas with Nemo & Friends at Epcot. Here, you’ll find sand tiger sharks, blacknose sharks, spotted eagle rays and many other species of sharks and rays. Feeling adventurous? Take the plunge and scuba dive alongside sharks and rays—and thousands more species—as part of the Epcot Seas Adventures – DiveQuest experience. Or, explore the same waters as you snorkel with the Epcot Seas Adventures – Aqua Tour.
Sharks and Rays in the Wild
There are over 1,200 species of sharks and rays found in a wide variety of aquatic habitats around the world. Most ray species and some sharks (like the blacktip reef shark) prefer warm, shallow waters and coral reefs. Species like the blue shark inhabit the open oceans, and some, like the wobbegong, prefer to prowl the cold ocean floor. Atlantic stingrays and bull sharks can thrive in freshwater and seawater—in fact, bull sharks have been found almost 1,700 miles (2,800 km) up the Mississippi River!
Threats to Sharks and Rays
The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) estimates that 24% of the world’s shark and ray species are threatened with extinction. Humans kill an estimated 100 million sharks each year, intentionally for their fins and meat and accidentally by commercial fisheries targeting other fish. Humans are also responsible for ray decline from targeted fishing efforts and by-catch.
Disney Conservation Efforts
The Walt Disney Company is passionately committed to the conservation of the many shark species and their aquatic habitats. Find out what Disney is doing for sharks—and how you can help, too!
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