Saturday, 15 March 2014

First ever shark pup to be born via artificial insemination

March 2014: For the first time a shark has been born via artificial insemination. The brown banded bamboo shark was born at SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium in Australia and was the result of nine year project that looked into the reproductive behaviours of sharks endemic to Australia. It is hoped that this development will help implement captive breeding programs or rarer sharks.

The project was led by SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium Research Consultant Dr Jon Daly, together with The Aquarium Vet Dr Rob Jones.

“A labour of love for the past nine years, we’re extremely proud and excited to see our hard work paying off with the birth of this brown banded bamboo shark pup,” said Dr Jon Daly.

However it is still early days for the pup, who measured 16cm when born to a 1.5 metre female, believed to be around 10 years-old.

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