Researchers captured an incredible photograph of the live birth of thresher shark. The image, which is printed in Journal Coral Reefs, is the first rare photograph of a shark live birth.
Attila Kaszo captured the image during a research dive in Philippines. Later on, Kaszo showed the image to the senior researchers of Wood Hole Oceanographic Institution in Massachusetts. The experts were amazed when he described the entire background of the image.
He explained that he along with other researchers was performing the usual standard survey when they came across the particular shark. They began their research survey at around 6:30 am on the 4th of April 2013. They set out to conduct the biological survey of Monad Shoal. The site is extremely popular among divers as it gives view of numerous pelagic thresher sharks. The location also works as a cleaning station of the sharks where they intermingle with cleaner wrasse.
Initially, they were unable to determine the reason of the restlessness of the shark. However, they can easily view that cleaner wrasse were sinking its teeth into the pelvic region. They carefully observed the shark for 4 minutes while they took photographs. Afterwards, when they processed the image for examination they noticed the emergence of shark’s baby.
Dr. Simon Oliver, the lead researcher said that it is the first record of any sea mammal giving birth. He expressed that it was certainly a thrilling moment of his career.