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Shark Gives Birth Through Bite Wound at Auckland Aquarium


A shark performed an unusual birth in front of visitors at an aquarium in Auckland, New Zealand. Four baby sharks emerged from a bite wound made by another shark  — an aggressive C-section, if you will.


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  1. Cool!

    Posted by: Kevin | Nov 11, 2009 12:02:33 PM

  2. Wait...Sharks don't lay eggs?

    Posted by: jonathan o | Nov 11, 2009 12:23:38 PM

  3. Some species of sharks lay eggs, but many produce live births where the eggs hatch internally and the young then exit the mother later.

    Posted by: James C | Nov 11, 2009 12:41:05 PM

  4. I love that Towleroad bothers to post this silly crap. It's a nice break from the whiny gay stories.

    Posted by: Kitty Boots | Nov 11, 2009 1:29:12 PM

  5. This is not silly crap, it is fascinating. I am grateful to Towleroad for keeping an eye out for such cool, interesting stories about our wonderful world.

    Posted by: JCMS | Nov 11, 2009 2:38:33 PM

  6. I just saw a show on sharks a couple nights ago on public television. It said that sharks have big teeth in utero, and that they often eat a sibling or two before birth. Sounds like Maggie Gallagher.

    Posted by: Pete | Nov 11, 2009 9:10:34 PM

  7. intrauterine cannibalism - Adelphophagy, happens in sharks, salamanders, and hyenas.

    Posted by: croft | Nov 12, 2009 1:41:33 AM

  8. Great!

    Posted by: Gato | Oct 14, 2010 9:44:27 AM

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