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Artificial insemination produces 2 baby sharks debuting at aquarium
Artificial insemination produces 2 baby sharks debuting at aquarium

The two new zebra shark pups at the Aquarium of the Pacific won’t be on display until Tuesday, but the reason they hatched is already causing quite a stir at the facility. Long Beach’s aquarium is the first to successfully reproduce zebra sharks through artificial insemination, according to aquarium scientists. The baby female sharks are a hopeful sign in the face of dwindling shark populations in the wild. More than 100 million sharks in the wild are killed annually, said Perry Hampton, who works on the aquarium’s animal husbandry team. Overfishing, habitat loss and pollution have placed sharks around the globe under threat, he said. With the successful insemination,...

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