Shark Caesarean Section

Shark_220x147The New Zealand Herald is reporting on a strange occurence at Kelly Tarlton's Underwater World.  Eloise Gibson writes that a shark was bit open at the stomach by another shark, which freed her young that were due to be born that night.  Since the staff was unaware of the pregnancy, they were shocked and speculated that the sharks feared predator attacks if she birthed during the night; the likes of stingrays  could be lethal.
The young sharks have been taken to a "nursery" tank with some baby eagle rays, where visitors can see them before they are released into the wild.

Link (Photo: Richard Robinson)

Update (11/11/2009): The mother and her eight babies are all doing fine.  Link to Daily Mail story with video.

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Interesting. I guess it's proof that human mothers are not the only species that are sometimes subjected to a cesarean birth by the choice of others?

(If you don't understand what I am talking about, look up VBAC policies and restrictions - even though the risk of VBAC is comparable to the risk of repeat surgery, the choice is often removed from the hands of the mother)
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