It is with sadness that we announce the passing of Reef HQ Aquarium's Tawny Nurse Shark, affectionately known as Cuddles.
On Sunday 16 July, Cuddles passed away from natural cause at 21/22 years of age. Over the past 21 years, Cuddles has been an Ambassador for all shark worldwide and viewed by over 2.5 visitors since his arrival in 1996.
Cuddles has delighted countless visitors with his tolerance of the divers cuddling him at dive shows. Many of our visitors were left with a desire to cuddle a shark themselves. Cuddles has helped change people's perceptions of sharks as mindless eating machines and helped educate people about the necessary roles of these Apex predators for a healthy marine ecosystem.