FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WOWO) – The Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo was recently featured in a Rave Reviews article on the “50 Best Zoos (and Their Weirdest Animals).”
Ranked 24th, the article deems the Tassled Wobbegong Shark as the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo’s “weirdest animal.”
The shark, found in waters around Australia, is known to reach up to 12 feet long.
According to the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo website, “The scientific name for the tasselled wobbegong (Eucrossorhinus dasypogon) roughly translates to, ‘well fringed nose with shaggy beard,’ referring to the distinctive mass of branching skin flaps that run continuously around the jaws, forming a lattice-like ‘beard’.”
It’s a slower swimmer than related species and spend most of the day laying inside caves or under ledges.
The top five featured zoos include the San Diego Zoo, Henry Doorly Zoo, Columbus Zoo, Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden, and the Saint Louis Zoological Park.