Baby saw sharks born at Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium

Baby saw sharks born at Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium

Baby saw sharks in the deep-sea tank. (Photogarap provided by the Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium.)

July 10, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

On May 7, 12 saw sharks were born at the Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium in Motobu. It was the first time that a saw shark became pregnant and succeeded in giving birth to its babies at the aquarium. This is a rare, successful case for aquariums around the world because it is said to be difficult to breed a saw shark in captivity. The baby sharks are about 36 centimeters in length. They are growing very well.

The aquarium staff members noticed the mother shark’s belly was swollen at the beginning of this year. The staff confirmed that the mother shark was pregnant by sonogram. They have isolated the pregnant shark from other fishes to take care of her. The aquarium is displaying four baby sharks of the 12 in the deep-sea tank. Visitors can see the baby sharks crawling on sand in the tank.

Hiroko Konno, a public relations staff member from the aquarium, said, “Many visitors pass by the deep-sea corner without knowing it because it is next to the main tank, called the Kuroshio Sea. But, there are many interesting species in the deep-sea tank. We hope the baby saw sharks will attract many visitors.”

(English translation by T&CT and Hitomi Shinzato)

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