Two zebra sharks, which the Aquarium of the Pacific describes as the first born as a result of artificial insemination, will go on public display at the facility Tuesday.
“More than 100 million sharks in the wild are killed annually due to human impact,” the aquarium said in a statement. “Being able to artificially inseminate large shark species like the zebra shark can further research in helping dwindling shark populations in the wild.”
The infants are 10 months old. Their mother, Fern, who’s around 20 years old, 140 pounds and seven-and-a-half feet long, arrived at the aquarium in 1997 and was inseminated in September 2013.
Both babies hatched from their eggs in late March 2014, the statement said. They are between two-and-a-half and three feet.
—Staff and wire reports