New shark pups!

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 to learn more about all of the fascinating creatures living at the National Aquarium in DC!


3 Responses to “New shark pups!”

  1. 1 Jake September 25, 2008 at 11:50 am

    I really like the picture! It’s incredible that your sharks are breeding.

  2. 2 nunyahbisnuss February 23, 2009 at 8:36 pm

    these pictures are the best i’ve seen all year…

  1. 1 On the Red Line » Cute baby sharks at the National Aquarium Trackback on September 10, 2008 at 10:59 am

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