Fishy first for Davies Turner

Davies Turner, the UK’s leading independent freight forwarder, has helped to bring the first-ever Sand Tiger sharks bred in captivity from South Africa to the UK. Th e shipment was facilitated by Davies Turner Air Cargo’s (DTAC) Aquatics team which acted as clearance and handling agent in the UK and was responsible for road delivery to Plymouth from London Heathrow airport.


Davies Turner, the UK’s leading independent freight forwarder, has helped to bring the first-ever Sand Tiger sharks bred in captivity from South Africa to the UK. Th e shipment was facilitated by Davies Turner Air Cargo’s (DTAC) Aquatics team which acted as clearance and handling agent in the UK and was responsible for road delivery to Plymouth from London Heathrow airport.

Th e two Sand Tiger sharks, cousins to the great white shark, were destined for the National Marine Aquarium, the UK’s largest aquarium.

Th e sharks, named Mandela and uS zhaka, were exported from the South African Association for Marine Biological Research (SAAMBR), a not-for-profit organisation in Durban.

Th e fi sh were transferred by road from Durban to Johannesburg using a ventilated closed truck. Th ey were fl own to London Heath”row Airport, with the movement from the aircraft to the Heathrow Animal Reception Centre (ARC) undertaken by a temperature-controlled truck, set at 22 degrees Centigrade. Ben Southern, livestock manager, Davies Turner Aquatics joined staff from the NMA to oversee the arrival and observe water changes to the tanks in which the sharks travelled before they were then trucked to Plymouth on the same temperature-controlled truck.

Davies Turner Group chairman Philip Stephenson explained: “Moving living cargo always presents unique issues; they are after all the most perishable of freight. Our staff worked in close cooperation with the ARC, MNA and the airline to ensure the safe arrival in the UK and transfer to Plymouth of these lovely creatures.