The world's sharks, rays, skates, and chimeras are in the throes of ecstasy today, having learned that their new Lord of Lords and King of Kings is here.
In a study reported Friday in the Journal of Fish Biology, scientists said DNAThe first reported case of shark parthenogenesis in Nebraska was verified only after the pup was killed and partly eaten by Tiger sharks in the same aquarium. The Virginia (odd coincidence there? Hmmm? "virgin"ia?) shark-messiah was discovered when it's mother, who had lived in the aquarium there for over 7 years without any male Blacktip Sharks present ever, died and was necropsied. Upon opening her up the veterinarians found the 10-inch long pup. Amazing!
testing proved that a pup carried by a female blacktip shark in a Virginia
aquarium contained no genetic material from a male.
The first documented case of asexual reproduction, or parthenogenesis, among sharks involved a pup born to a hammerhead at an Omaha, Nebraska, zoo.
There have been proven cases of virgin births in some bony fish, amphibians, reptiles, and even birds. The shark's ability to do this has been long suspected but never before proven. The young pup was lacking any male sperm DNA in it's genetic make-up. Crazy shit! It is a shame the shark-messiah was dead on arrival. What will the shark evangelicals do now that their expected saviour croaked before actually being born? -FUPPETS- would like to know.