Baby sharks cause a stir among marine students
With their exotic markings these baby Bamboo sharks are the latest addition to the tanks at Falmouth Marine School.
Four months ago they were donated by Plymouth's National Marine Aquarium in egg cases and so far three have hatched.
Marine Biology and Ecology Extended Diploma students Xavier Moss and Amy Daniel will study the infants as part of their investigative project.
They will attempt to train the sharks to feed from their own unique coloured feeding tube.
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Xavier, 18, from Liverpool said: "The idea is that the sharks will recognise their feeding tube from the colour, this will enable us to get closer to the sharks in order to study them."
He will use the results from the project as evidence for his progression to study Marine Biology at Miami University next year.
Amy, 18, from the Channel Islands, said: "It's been great to see the sharks hatch and now to be able to use them for our project is really exciting."
Craig Baldwin, programme manager, said: "To grow, hatch and cultivate a range of potentially endangered species along with the other practical applications of the course will ensure that our students have the skills needed to be at the cutting edge of rehabilitation and conservation.
"Our students progress to the most prestigious universities in the country and I believe it's a direct result of projects such as this."