Baby swell sharks have begun to hatch at the National Aquarium in DC. This year the aquarists were watching over six fertilized eggs, and three have hatched this summer. The fourth and fifth are expected shortly, and the sixth still has a few months of gestation.
The picture to the right shows the latest three in their isolation basket. The swell shark is so-named because it pumps water into its stomach, causing its body to swell up. It is nocturnal, and grows to approximately three feet.
Be sure to visit www.nationalaquarium.com to learn more about all of the fascinating creatures living at the National Aquarium in DC!