Plymouth shark pups have hatched and will now face training
THE exotic image above shows a pup of a very unusual kind. Two baby Bamboo sharks have hatched out of egg cases, also known as mermaid's purses.
They were donated to Falmouth Marine School by Plymouth Marine Aquarium.
The creatures, which will grow to become no more than 121cm in adult body length, are normally found in shallow waters of the tropical Indo-Pacific.
But these little ones hatched in Falmouth where students will attempt to train them to feed from different coloured tubes.
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Student Xavier Moss said: "The idea is that the sharks will recognise their feeding tube from the colour, this will enable us to get closer to the sharks in order to study them."
Bamboo sharks are part of the Hemiscylliidae family of sharks, commonly known as longtail carpet sharks. Species from this family are ideal aquarium sharks because their natural habitats are tidepools, coral beds, and around boulders. The eggs arrived in Falmouth from Plymouth four months ago. So far three have hatched and are doing well.