“Virgin Birth” Record Broken by Hotel Shark

WIld Zebra Shark

“Virgin Birth” Record Broken by Hotel Shark.

A zebra shark in a hotel restaurant’s aquarium, has been producing offspring without any male contact for 4 years. This is done by a process called parthenogenesis, which is basically an asexual form of reproduction. The offspring aren’t identical clones since the shark DNA is recombined. Many different sharks can reproduce parthenogentically, including blacktips and hammerheads.

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s