New shark pups!

Published August 29, 2008

Baby swell sharks have begun to hatch at the National Aquarium in DC. This year the aquarists were watching over six fertilized eggs, and three have hatched this summer. The fourth and fifth are expected shortly, and the sixth still has a few months of gestation. The picture to the right shows the latest three in their isolation basket. The swell shark is so-named because it pumps water into its stomach, causing its body to swell up. It is nocturnal, and grows to approximately three feet. Be sure to visit www.nationalaquarium.com to learn more about all of the fascinating creatures living at the National Aquarium in DC!
Previous Post

Featured Stories

dolphin-swimming Our Dolphins Embrace Change

Over the past few months, our marine mammal and animal health teams have been hard at work preparing our dolphins for their eventual relocation to our sanctuary.

Read the full story

leopard-shark-kelp-forest You Asked, We Answered: Do Sharks Make Noise?

Dolphins make clicking noises and whales emit deep, low hums to echolocate and communicate, but what about sharks?

Read the full story

Related Stories

Species Spotlight: Banggai Cardinalfish

Published November 16, 2017

You Asked, We Answered: Do Sharks Make Noise?

Published November 08, 2017