Brownbanded bamboo sharks have a surprising way of producing offspring.
The females can be separated from the male fathers of their pups for an astounding 45 months and still have a viable baby.
They’re able to produce young regardless of whether or not they are ovulating or when mating occurs, and the discovery affirms the long-suspected (but little-documented) ability to produce offspring even under challenging conditions.
How did scientists unravel the mystery of this unusual shark birth? Watch Moisés A. Bernal, a PhD candidate at the Marine Science Institute at UT Austin, discuss the discovery in this video:
Source: UT Austin