We maintain proper permits for all sharks. We are not fly by night
amateurs or poachers.
skilled pros with more than 15 years in shark collection for aquaria.
The manner of placing a shark order with us depends on who
you are and what you are ordering.
SPECIAL ORDERS for public aquaria are collected prior to receipt of payment or deposit! Most domestic collection is now "collect to order". We no longer
stock a large variety of North Atlantic animals as they do not all sell and this is not
the best option for the animals. Others like Sandbar and Sandtiger sharks require special permits. We may have sold all of the ones on our permit or we must ask for another permit. Therefore, you MUST plan your
purchases ahead of time and arrange payment and shipping BEFORE the
season begins for best results. We collect domestic orders in the order
that payment was received. So, you should not wait to place an
order. That will put you lower on the list not at the top of
the list! THIS DOES NOT APPLY TO IMPORT STOCK such as Indo-Pacifics and corals except with certain sharks that rarely some in. With a shark like the Bowfin, you have to preorder for the next available specimen as they are not a commonly caught shark. Contact us directly for more information and to plan your next order.
EVERYONE attempting to order
sharks for home aquariums OR SIMPLY REQUESTING A BID OR PRICING
must let us know the size of your tank and must submit a photo or
other proof of the size of the system. We do not sell obligate swimmer sharks like hammerheads to people with guppy tanks and tropical reef tanks! Obligate swimmer sharks
need minimum sized systems of 6 feet by 20 feet but do better in 15
feet to 30 feet diameter circular systems! THIS DOES NOT APPLY TO HORN SHARK, PORT JACKSON SHARK, EPAULETTE SHARKS or any other sessile shark only the obligate swimmers. If you don't know the difference, submit the photo and dimensions with your inquiry.
If you are a public aquarium,
you should contact us at least 3 months before you need the domestic special order fish and
at least a month before the collection season for the species
begins whenever possible. If you are uncertain when your species must be
collected, just contact us as soon as you think you want a species.
You will need
to arrange payment with us by phone, confirmed by a written
agreement. Your order will require upfront full payment or a
deposit depending on what you are ordering and the availability.
You may pay by cash, cashiers check, wire transfer, squareup.com (fee may apply), money order, or Bitcoin.
We do not offer anyone net 30 days or other credit
arrangements, especially on an initial order. Repeat
clientele or contracts
may receive terms dictated by a written agreement. Orders are prepay or deposit with balance prior to shipment
or full prepay at our
Individuals: You should contact us by email or phone
requesting a bid on your order as well as expected availability.
You can then arrange payment. Your order will require upfront
full payment or a deposit depending on what you are ordering and the
availability. You may pay by cash,
cashiers check, wire transfer, money order or Bitcoin.
- If you are a pet shop, jobber, or wholesaler,
you should try to order as much as you can at one time to save on
shipping and assure that you get what you need before supply runs
out. Our stock in our foreign stations sells out on a weekly basis. Also, if you order payment does not arrive in time and the stock is already sold, you will have to wait until restocking for your shipment. Full payment prior to air
shipping is required.
PAYMENT NOTES FOR ALL - If you order is a live transport, you
may be allowed to pay the balance upon arrival, but, you must pay
for delivery costs and a deposit up front unless you are on a
regular route (SC, parts of NC and GA only). Live delivery charges are non-refundable. If you are not in the local area, you willl need to arrange your shipment with a trucking company directly. We can recommend one Myrtle Beach carrier only. Air
shipped stock is guaranteed live arrival. If stock does not
survive shipping and the loss is not caused by the shipper, you will have the order replaced or credited once
you file any necessary claims with the shipper and a claim of loss with us as described in the terms and coditions of the L.A.G.
Live arrival guaranteed.
HOWEVER, YOU MUST COMPLY WITH THE TERMS OF THE GUARANTEE! If
you do not comply with all the terms, you are entitled to NOTHING!
Our policy is replacement most of the time or credit for alternative
available stock or credit for the following season if the collection
of replacements is not possible due to the seasonal availability. This is another reason to order before the season and
take delivery EARLY in the season to assure replacements. This
is critical with public aquaria or aquarium companies where a system
collapse error or shipper problem could necessitate replacements.
This is exceptionally crucial with aquarium openings and large
private tanks. This is another reason you should have
acclimation facilities for public displays. Shipper mishandling does not result in a refund nor do we accept responsibility for any mishandling by any third party involved in transport and shipping of your order. We will file the insurance claim with them but a shipper error does not result in a refund. The only exception is that if you arrange shipment or do your own transport, our guarantee does not cover your arrangments or transport or shipment. Our LAG covers you with credit or replacement if we arrange shipment to your airport or facility.
- We do not store sharks for clients
except by special arrangement and compensation. You may ask that we hold portions of an order until the order is
complete. But if you aren't ordering thousands of dollars of
stock, do not bother to ask. WE CANNOT tie up our tanks holding
fish separately for you. Making an order plan is done to facilitate the quick and
fastidious collection, quarantine and transfer of your order to you.
If we are holding and feeding your order, that costs money.
Therefore, in any case that we hold
fish or animals for you, there will be a
weekly storage charge. It takes time and money to set up extra
tanks here to hold animals. Plus, you are
expecting us to be responsible for your order during holding (which is usually during hurricane season).
That places more financial liability on us not simply base cost. Therefore, if part of your order is not in stock or is collected to
order, you will need to take shipment on the available portion of your
order and get the rest when it passes quarantine. Any sales
agreement is based upon your acceptance of the order or portion thereof
at the time that it passes out of quarantine.
Any holding after quarantine
will result in a weekly holding fee that will reflect the value of the
stock not simply the cost of feeding them.
- You must
accept that not only is collection seasonal but NOAA NIMFS now makes
artificial collections seasons ("windows for collection") for EACH AND EVERY species of
North Atlantic sharks. if you fail to order early enough in the
year and the federal government closes down the fishing season for your
order before it is collected, you will have to wait until the following
year's season reopens. This is entirely out of our control and has
little to do with actual availability. Their arbitrary collection
windows may not coincide with our annual historic collection periods on
certain species. You must plan ahead and accept the inevitable and
uncontrollable government regulation of your order and understand that
we are NOT LIABLE for a seasonal closure date. Dates of closures
are announced after the fact at times and are not known well ahead of
the date picked.
ATTENTION BROKERS: You must identify that you are a
broker or buyer and NOT a public aquarium to receive pricing or
bids. Also, if you are procuring an all inclusive bid with
freight to a foreign country, there will be a bid fee you must pay
before we begin gathering freight quotes for that bid. We have lost too much time and
money doing complete bids for brokers who should be able to get
their own freight estimates and document fees and costs. The
bid fee will be credited to your order payment once you order if
said order is placed within 6 months of the bid. Also, if
you fail to identify yourself as a broker during the bid process,
there will be a penalty fee added to your order. You can identify the
aquarium you are bidding for as the final client and IT WILL BE
REQUIRED for the permit for restricted or protected species.
You should not, however, represent yourself as working for the
public aquarium during their bid solicitation process! Be
forthright with us and we will do the same for you.
We have developed these policies for
the fair treatment and protection of you, the buyer, and us, the
supplier. You should contact us with the order
you would like to place and we will arrange a payment
method, shipping date and finalize the manner of ordering and the
payment prior to you sending us any money.
You will also be expected to provide information in your order.
You must also provide a cellular phone number for the person picking up
any shipment from the airport. If you are a jobber, reseller, or
retailer, you will be expected to supply complete contact information
and your business information including street address.
You will be required to email us a
photo of your system prior to ordering. We will not send sharks
to people with systems that are too small. A picture of your
system is the fastest and safest way to confirm your hobby and
suitability for a shark. Also, individuals trying to resell sharks
will be separated from retail clients. All sharks sold to private
aquarists are not for resale especially, interstate resale as reselling
will violate some laws based upon which state is involved.
LEGAL DISCLAIMER: We
cannot be responsible for legal issues and game laws in your area as
there is no provision for resale by unlicensed retail clients! Also,
collection of sharks is affected by environmental conditions that are
beyond our control. Therefore, replacements may not be available
in a timely fashion and even initial collection can be delayed by such
variables as hurricanes and El Nino. Therefore if your schedule
does not allow for such contingencies, you must notify us prior to
deposit as deposits are non-refundable. Alternative credit is
acceptable in certain cases at our discretion with approval by both
parties. Equal or fair value trade or credit can be offered with
approval. Further, we are not responsible for carrier or airline
failures or delays or government delays that hazard your shipment.
Lastly, all orders must be picked up within 30 minutes of the time the
shipment is marked "ready for pickup" by the airline or there is no
guarantee of live arrival!
Public aquaria, pet
shops, and wholesalers - Include your name, title, telephone number
and the aquarium for which you work.
Private aquarists, hobbyists and
fish keepers - Include your name, address, phone, aquarium
dimensions, and attach at least one picture of your aquarium. This
information is required to assure that you are not another wannabe
competitor trying to get a pricelist or someone who does not even have
an aquarium who just wishes to waste our time. Without this
information, we will not waste time responding to an email.
If you wish to find out the availability of an
order or inquire as to the collection of an order, please,
YOU MUST PROVIDE THE DIMENSIONS OF YOUR TANK IN YOUR EMAIL. We
don't care about gallons, just physical dimensions. A million
gallon system can be made from a 3 foot diameter column. So,
gallons do not tell us anything about your system's suitability for
sharks. Provide actual dimension in feet!
If you have read the above, and our
shipping policies and are ready to order, please,
email us at