Three swell shark pups are born at Central Coast Aquarium

Posted at 12:17 PM, Jan 06, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-06 17:19:23-05

The Central Coast Aquarium has new swell shark pups to take care of.

The aquarium released the news on Facebook on Jan. 4.

New year, new babies! 🦈🦈🦈 We are up to three swell shark pups. Come by the aquarium Tuesday – Sunday from 10 am to 4 pm to visit them!

Posted by Central Coast Aquarium on Friday, January 4, 2019

As of now, the aquarium has three swell sharks.

What makes the birth special is that it was the first time adult swell sharks at the Central Coast Aquarium in Avila Beach successfully laid eggs.

“It’s just really exciting thing to see baby sharks born it’s a really good day for us to be able to educate the public it provides a good talking point for them,” Central Coast Aquarium educator Megan Drap said.

The mother shark has been laying two eggs a month since December 2017.

The sharks’ egg cases are called “mermaid purses.”

The aquarium has at least 14 egg cases. Shark pups usually grow inside the cases for nine to 12 months before hatching.

Aquarium officials said they are looking into adjusting their permit so they can release some of the shark pups into the wild.

Shark pups grow inside ‘mermaids’ purses’ at Central Coast Aquarium

The Central Coast Aquarium is opened Tuesday to Sunday from 10 a.m to 4 p.m.