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Virgin Shark Birth

A shark in an aquarium in Virginia (no pun intended) Beach recently died, and during a necropsy they realized she was pregnant. This was kinda strange, because she had lived alone in a tank for 8 years and had not had any contact with male sharks. A DNA analysis later showed that the baby shark was in fact a result of parthenogenesis (which is to say he had no father). So, there you have it, a virgin shark birth. Cool stuff….

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October 11, 2008 - Posted by | General Science | , , , , , , ,

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