TBT Shark C-Section | Shark WeekJuly 27, 2017
Can you believe it has already been four years since our veterinarians performed the first shark C-section in our company’s history at Discovery Cove?
Let’s rewind back to July 18, 2013. You might be thinking how do you determine a shark needs a C-section. Like all of our expectant mothers our team was monitoring the whitetip (yes, we sonogram our sharks!) and at approximately six months into the gestation period our team found a complication. Next step was an emergency C-section.
Whitetip reef sharks give birth to live young. In this case, four healthy pups were born through the C-section. The pups each weighed less than three pounds at birth and were about two feet long. Now fast forward four years, and guests can still see two of the pups (now sub-adult whitetip reef sharks) at SeaWorld Orlando’s shark shallows exhibit. Not only are the sharks now at SeaWorld Orlando, but they’ve grown! The pair are just over four feet long and weighing in at 25 pounds.
Next time you visit the park be sure to stop by our shark shallows and keep an eye out on the pair!