Aquarium & Shark Lab by Team ECCO in Henderson, North Carolina is home to a fascinating phenomenon. In their tank, there is a pregnant stingray, living in the absence of any male stingrays. Remarkably, experts speculate that this particular stingray is reproducing asexually.
The North Carolina aquarium is currently observing a fascinating scientific anomaly – a pregnant stingray without any known mate.
Located in Hendersonville, the Aquarium & Shark Lab by Team ECCO is home to a female round stingray known as Charlotte. Initially, there were concerns among the staff regarding the possibility of Charlotte having cancer.
When Brenda Ramer, the founder and executive director of the aquarium, noticed Charlotte swelling, she was left puzzled.
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“We’ve always known she was a female,” Ramer chuckled. “It’s quite easy to differentiate between male and female sharks and rays. They are among the most distinguishable fish species.”
“We observed that she began to, to put it simply, experience swelling,” she recounted. “Consequently, we opted to perform an ultrasound on her, whereupon we observed what appeared to be lumps or growths within her.”
Much to the relief of the aquarium staff, the lumps turned out to be adorable pups. Surprisingly, Charlotte had no recent contact with male stingrays.
Ramer recalled how they sent the ultrasound to experts for further analysis. The experts confirmed that the objects in the ultrasound were indeed eggs. Ramer expressed their excitement and satisfaction with the confirmation.
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The aquarium, which happens to be the first inland aquarium in North Carolina, has been in touch with experts from Australia and the United Kingdom regarding this peculiar phenomenon.
The pregnant stingray most likely reproduced through a process known as parthenogenesis.
According to Ramer, the cells inside the egg will divide and form a replica of the mother. Over the course of eight years, our small shark has produced approximately 900 eggs, with 14 of them developing embryos without any fertilization.
“It’s quite a challenging concept to wrap your head around, but I often advise people to consider the iconic Jurassic Park movie. In that film, the dinosaurs exhibited the same behavior.”
According to the aquarium founder, there is a suggestion that a male shark in the tank may have impregnated the stingray. However, it is acknowledged that this possibility is not very likely.
According to Kinsley Boyette, the assistant director of the aquarium, animals have the potential to do anything.
The aquarium currently holds the belief that Charlotte is most likely reproducing asexually.
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“It’s not that I’m denying the possibility entirely. However, without conducting DNA tests, we cannot make any definitive claims with absolute certainty.”
According to Ramer, the local community has been very supportive, and the expectant mother is doing well.
Aquarium staff members were filled with concern when Charlotte started experiencing swelling.
According to the executive director, “She appears to be in good spirits as there have been no noticeable changes in her behavior. She is maintaining her overall well-being by eating and swimming regularly. Moreover, she is allowing us to engage with her, which is a positive sign.”
“We are simply keeping our fingers crossed that Charlotte and the babies come out of this situation okay, regardless of the outcome.”