Baby boom of sharks at Deep Sea World

The waters of Fife are under attack from an unprecedented baby boom.

Aquarists at North Queensferry’s Deep Sea World have turned midwives as more than 30 baby sharks have already been born with another 50 on the way.

The nursery centres on the attraction’s collection of native sharks with baby bull huss, smooth hounds and dogfish joining their quintet of critically endangered angel shark pups.

The vast majority of the sharks have been born at the aquarium and are part of an ongoing captive breeding for native species.

Michael Morris said: “We’re proud of our captive breeding successes with Scottish sharks last year we became the first aquarium in the world to breed angel shark pups.

“However, even we have been surprised by the sheer number of offspring this year and there doesn’t appear to be an end in sight with more expected over the coming months.”

A selection of the newborn babies and egg-cases are due to go on show in a new shark nursery which opens later this month.

Visitors will have the opportunity to watch unborn shark embryos wriggling around in their protective egg-case and they may be fortunate enough to see some of them actually hatching.

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