Tuesday, October 14, 2008

A Virgin Birth

Seems that a lonely female shark took matters into her own 'fins' one day and got herself pregnant. Here is a bit from the story:

Image: A blacktip shark,
Scientists have confirmed the second case of a "virgin birth" in a shark. In a report in The Journal of Fish Biology, scientists said DNA testing proved that a pup carried by a female Atlantic blacktip shark in the Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center contained no genetic material from a male.

Now this pregnancy wasn't found out until the shark died and her body examined for cause of death. Inside, they found a shark pup that was almost full term. The mother shark had died from complications due to her pregnancy but they did not say if it was specifically due to the pup. (btw- baby sharks are called pups)

Here is the whole story

There have been other cases of females from certain species getting pregnant all by themselves, it is a rare thing.

And technically, this was NOT a "virgin BIRTH" since the pup was not literally born. So it seems that some propaganda is going on. Did the word "Virgin" catch YOUR attention? I know it did mine.

That is a code word if I ever heard one!

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