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The Effect of Human Contact on Shark Behavior Valerie Henderson University of Hawai’i at Manoa Advisor: Cynthia Hunter Director; MOP Submission Date: November 21, 2007 Project Duration: November 21, 2007-February 21, 2007 Project Submission Date: February 21, 2007 Class: IS 100: Marine Option Program Seminar
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Introduction : I would like to learn how to keep a large saltwater aquarium with sharks so I could study their behavior and learn if they can be trained to recognize humans and perform a simple trick of swimming to certain locations on command. Knowing how to keep sharks in a saltwater aquarium would help me as a skill in my goal of a future job at the Waikiki Aquarium. My knowledge of shark behavior and whether or not they are able to be trained will also be helpful in any future endeavors I may have in training other animals. The Waikiki Aquarium is located in Honolulu, Hawai’i. It is a very small aquarium with tanks of different fish found around the Hawaiian Island Chains and Pacific. It opened on March 19, 1904 and is the third oldest aquarium in the United States. The aquarium has been a part of the University of Hawai’i since 1919. Recent additions to the aquarium include a new jellyfish gallery, and a plan for a new Northwestern Hawaiian Islands exhibit (Webmaster, 2000). I will use bamboo sharks for my research because they are small, easy to care for and do not harm humans (Klimley, 2003). They are also a common aquarium shark and relatively inexpensive. Bamboo sharks are bottom-dwelling fish found in Indonesia, India, Arabia, China, Japan and the Philippines and are common in coral reefs (Klimley,
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