Captive Shark Ray Gives Birth to Septuplets

January 29, 2014 11:02 PM

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A shark ray mom from the Newport Aquarium in Kentucky gave birth last Friday to seven pups, making her the first known shark ray to breed in captivity, according to the aquarium.

One of the pups, a little female, did not survive, but the rest did. “Sweet Pea” — the shark ray mom — now has three female pups and three males. One can only imagine that Sweet Pea is relieved … and tired. The birthing process took an arduous five hours.

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