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Sandtiger Shark Ultrasound

By: Mark McGrouther, Category: Science, Date: 07 Aug 2010

This clip from the BBC shows a Sandtiger Shark being given an ultrasound.

Sandtiger Shark caught off southern NSW

Ian Merrington © Ian Merrington @ DPI Fisheries

Despite its 'overly dramatic presentation' the clip does present some interesting information about the unusual early life of the species.  Yes, developing pups do eat their siblings before birth. Only one young survives in each uterus.  It's known as intrauterine cannibalisation.

 

Tags fishes, ichthyology, Sandtiger Shark, Ultrasound, Odontaspis ferox, Odontaspididae,