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The baby banded bamboo shark which made an egg-cellent entrance

Kico Iraola who got an egg-cellent surprise

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A SUPERVISOR got an egg-cellent surprise when a baby shark hatched in to his hands.

Kico Iraola, displays supervisor at Weymouth’s Sea Life park, was carrying out a routine check on egg cases when a banded bamboo shark made its arrival yesterday.

Adult banded bamboo sharks in the park’s ‘Shark Reef’ lay eggs very often, so when aquarists carry out regular tank cleans, they collect up all the eggs and the fertile ones are placed in a tank in the ‘Nursery Pod’ on clips near the surface until they hatch.

The egg cases are regularly checked by the Animal Care Team who shine a torch from behind the egg case to check that the embryos are developing healthily.

Kico said: “It was a great moment, it’s quite rare that a creature will release itself into your hands so I definitely felt special. We have three egg cases at the moment which contain banded bamboo sharks and we are awaiting the hatching of them in a matter of days.

“In the wild, creatures within egg cases will hatch when they are fully developed, and depending on temperature they will take more or less time to develop; then they will be left to fend for themselves.

“But ours are very much looked after at the park and we look forward to nurturing them into fully-grown adults.”

Banded bamboo sharks are classified as ‘Near Threatened’ on the International Union Conservation for Nature ‘red list’ and threats to them include habitat loss, pollution and hunting.

These sharks will typically stay in their egg cases for up to six months, but when they are born is very dependent on their environment.

Water temperature and quality will affect whether or not the shark is ready to hatch.

Shark eggs and hatchlings are cared for in the Shark Reef, the Bay of Rays and the Nursery Pod display areas.

Empty egg-cases, or ‘mermaid’s purses,’ are a favourite prop of the park’s entertainers during the talks they give visitors at feeding times.

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8:03am Tue 1 Apr 14

islandman says...

and today is what exactly ? oh it's all fools day !, now there's a surprise.
and today is what exactly ? oh it's all fools day !, now there's a surprise. islandman
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8:43am Tue 1 Apr 14

IslandJim1 says...

islandman wrote:
and today is what exactly ? oh it's all fools day !, now there's a surprise.
Oh Islandman, fail. Its a real shark, and a real story. If your on the hunt to expose the April Fool's story's in the echo, my guess is look out for one's that infer the council have made a good decision for the benefit of there constituents!
[quote][p][bold]islandman[/bold] wrote: and today is what exactly ? oh it's all fools day !, now there's a surprise.[/p][/quote]Oh Islandman, fail. Its a real shark, and a real story. If your on the hunt to expose the April Fool's story's in the echo, my guess is look out for one's that infer the council have made a good decision for the benefit of there constituents! IslandJim1
  • Score: 4

12:19am Wed 2 Apr 14

Harpya Orkinus says...

Great news - I love the Elasmobranchs (Sharks & Rays) - SO primitive and SO different from us !!

Today's Free Grammar Lesson (what DID they do in school all day ??!!):

*If YOU'RE on the hunt to expose the April FOOLS STORIES in the Echo, my guess is to look out for ONES that infer the Council have made a good decision for the benefit of THEIR constituents!*

I'm a passionate believer in free education, even if I DID go to two private schools all those years ago....
Great news - I love the Elasmobranchs (Sharks & Rays) - SO primitive and SO different from us !! Today's Free Grammar Lesson (what DID they do in school all day ??!!): *If YOU'RE on the hunt to expose the April FOOLS STORIES in the Echo, my guess is to look out for ONES that infer the Council have made a good decision for the benefit of THEIR constituents!* I'm a passionate believer in free education, even if I DID go to two private schools all those years ago.... Harpya Orkinus
  • Score: 2

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