Oh Baby! New Shark Pup Arrives at SMPA

Santa Monica Pier Aquarium Swell Shark Pup 2012

The baby swell shark at the Santa Monica Pier Aquarium was developing in its egg for exactly one year when it broke free of the egg casing on Monday, October 1, 2012. For one whole year the tiny shark grew in its egg, living off a yolk, on display for the Aquarium’s thousands of guests to see. The baby shark occasionally squirmed enough to shake its egg casing, often called a “mermaids purse” by beachcombers. Starting the cycle all over again, two new shark eggs have been laid in the last 24 hours.

The shark nursery is now bursting with life. Plan your visit to the Santa Monica Pier Aquarium.

These new eggs and the baby shark, called a pup, need a sponsor.  Sponsor the shark pup through Aquadoption.

Swell Shark Pup