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Brown Banded Bamboo Shark Hatched at Australia's Melbourne Aquarium via In-Vitro Fertilization

The successful hatching is an element of a nine year project aimed to get a better understanding of the reproductive behaviors of sharks.

March 13, 2014

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A brown banded bamboo shark (Chiloscyllium punctatum) was successfully hatched at the Melbourne Aquarium in Australia using artificial means--in-vitro fertilization, a first for the aquarium. The aquarium hopes that this breakthrough will help the aquarium and others to successfully breed threatened species. The brown banded bamboo shark pup was born March 3 from semen that was collected from a shark in Mooloolaba (northeastern Australia) in September 2013. That semen was flown to Melbourne and inseminated into the female shark the same day it was collected, marking the first time a shark was born via a semen sample that was transported from one aquarium to another, Sea Life Melbourne Aquarium said. The egg was the only viable egg in the clutch and hatched after a 112 day incubation period. Brown banded bamboo shark
Brown banded bamboo shark. Photo by Steve Childs/Wikipedia

The successful hatching is an element of a nine year project aimed to get a better understanding of the reproductive behaviors of sharks. The researchers will take the data that they gleaned from the hatching project and aim to apply some of that knowledge to help better manage threatened species in the wild. They hope to focus on the critically endangered grey nurse shark first (Estimates put the number of grey nurse sharks off Australia's coasts at around 1,500 in the wild) then move to other species. 


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Carol    Silver Spring, MD

3/15/2014 4:25:04 PM

Interesting project. Wildlife "management" is a difficult subject in so many aspects.

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