First Ever IVF Shark Hatched At Melbourne Aquarium

by | Mar 24, 2014 | Conservation, Science | 0 comments

The Sea Life Melbourne Aquarium in Australia has hatched it’s first shark born using artificial insemination. The brown banded bamboo shark was born on March 3, 2014.  The pup was born using a semen sample taken from a shark in Northern Australia, which was flown to Melbourne and inseminated into the Mother the same day. The aquarium will be monitoring the progress of the shark mother and pup to ensure their health, and will not be on public display.shark

The aquarium has a nine year program in place in which they have been working to understand the reproductive behaviors of sharks. The ultimate goal of the program is to help manage threatened shark species in the wild, with particular focus on the critically endangered grey nurse shark. MORE

Source: Discovery News

  • Francis Yupangco

    Francis is a marine biologist with an MBA and over 20 years of professional aquarium experience. Francis is the former Aquatic Development Manager at Hagen USA., makers of Fluval brand aquarium products. He co-stars on Nat Geo WILD's reality TV series Fish Tank Kings where he is the resident "Fish Geek" and was Director of Marketing at Living Color Aquariums. He is an avid explorer having visited over 45 countries and lived in 7. At 17, he was among the youngest aquarists ever hired by the Vancouver Aquarium, where he worked for 7 years. His aquatic biology experience ranges from larval fish rearing to the design, construction and operational management of renowned public aquariums around the world. Francis is currently head of marketing at the world's largest vertically integrated fish farming company.


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