Silver tip sharks travel from Oz to Dubai

GAC Dubai has successfully moved a special shipment of silver tip sharks, from Cairns in Australia to the United Arab Emirates recently, with the entire event captured by a team from National Geographic Television (NAT GEO). “Though it was the first time this particular species had undergone such a long haul journey, thanks to the […]


GAC Dubai has successfully moved a special shipment of silver tip sharks, from Cairns in Australia to the United Arab Emirates recently, with the entire event captured by a team from National Geographic Television (NAT GEO). “Though it was the first time this particular species had undergone such a long haul journey, thanks to the seamless work by GAC this was one of the smoothest shark transports that I have ever been a part of,” says Paul Hamilton, curator of Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo at The Dubai Mall, the two sharks’ new home.

“They arrived in such good condition and with minimum stress that they started feeding within 40 minutes after being introduced into their new environment, Hamilton added. GAC Dubai has been handling live shipments for Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo since 2007 and has developed a well-honed system which ensures that sensitive shipments of live animals, ranging from rare fish to Gentoo Penguins, arrive safely at their destination and ensure their welfare throughout. GAC worked to avoid any delays along the way and minimise the sharks’ time in transit, including special arrangements to assign an airport parking slot nearest to the specialised handling centre, fast track clearances, permission to bypass truck road bans and police escorts to ensure priority passage.