Tuesday, January 17, 2017

"Female shark learns to reproduce without males after years alone"

Who needs men? A female shark separated from her long-term mate has developed the ability to have babies on her own.

Leonie the zebra shark (Stegostoma fasciatum) met her male partner at an aquarium in Townsville, Australia, in 1999. They had more than two dozen offspring together before he was moved to another tank in 2012.

From then on, Leonie did not have any male contact. But in early 2016, she had three baby sharks.

Intrigued, Christine Dudgeon at the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia, and her colleagues began fishing for answers.

Via Drudge: Link


Mumpsimus said...

A fish without a male fish is like a woman without a bicycle.

AllenS said...

OMG! My little sharks look just like me!