News portal digitalcameranews.co.uk

Unhatched baby shark rescued by mum

Fascinating footage shows an unhatched baby shark wriggling around in its egg sac after it had washed up on a beach.

Mother Karissa Otero made the discovery while searching for ‘mermaid’s purses’, empty shark egg cases, with her two-year-old son Bodhi in California. 

Ms Otero was stunned when she stumbled upon the baby swell shark, still alive in its case, having become beached after the region experienced a period of high tide.

The tiny creature can be seen wriggling about inside the sac with its stalk still connected to its yolk for nutrients. 

Swell sharks lay rubbery egg cases with wiry tendrils at the corners which catch on rocks and seaweed, anchoring them to prevent being washed to shore. 

After capturing the video the 34-year-old waded waist-deep into the sea to release it so it would survive when it finally hatched.

Ms Otero posted the footage on social media, where it racked up more than 845,000 views.    

‘We came across a lot of sea debris, including seaweed, driftwood, rocks, and shells and along with the debris we found this swell shark egg,’ she said.

‘You can see from the background of the footage in the video that there was no way this egg would have made it back out to sea on time if at all.’

It’s very common to find mostly empty mermaid purses like these along the beach in this region but this was the first time Ms Otero found a live shark in one. 

‘I look because I knew it was possible to one day find one as the tide is constantly washing all kinds of stuff on the beach,’ she added. 

Fascinating footage shows an unhatched baby shark embryo wriggling around in its egg after it had washed up on a beach. Mother Karissa Otero made the discovery while combing a beach for ‘mermaid’s purses’, empty shark egg cases, with her two-year-old son Bodhi in California

Ms Otero was stunned when she stumbled upon the baby swell shark, still alive in its case, having become beached after the region experienced a period of high tide. The creature can be seen wriggling about inside the sac with its stalk still connected to its yolk for nutrients

While the video received mostly positive reactions when it was shared on social media, some users didn’t realise that Ms Oterro was intending to help the shark. 

Ms Otero said: ‘I got mostly excited reactions. A lot of people have never seen or even knew that some sharks lay eggs so they are very amazed by it.

‘People disagreed with me handling the egg and think I’m taking it from its home when in fact we found it and are helping it back into its home.’ 

Mother Karissa Otero, right, made the discovery while combing a beach for ‘mermaid’s purses’, empty shark egg cases, with her two-year-old son Bodhi, left,  in California after the region experienced a period of high tide

Ms Otero said that by releasing the egg into the sea she was showing her child ‘to ‘respect and connect with the world around him’.

‘We have helped many live animals such as crabs, sea cucumbers, sea urchins, sand dollars, star fish, etc. back into the ocean as we walk along the beach exploring.

‘My son and I go to the beach very frequently. I was born and raised around it and now I’m able to raise my son around it. Some weeks we go every day. 

‘We have a lot of respect for the ocean, the beach and it’s inhabitants and surroundings. 

When shown the video, the Santa Barbara Natural History Museum confirmed that the egg capsule was that of a swell shark. 

WHAT IS A SWELL SHARK AND HOW DO THEY REPRODUCE?

 This shark gets its name from an unusual behaviour it displays when threatened by a predator. 

When threatened, the swell shark swallows vast amounts of seawater, which causes its belly to swell and makes it difficult for predators to eat

The swell shark species is oviparous which means that its eggs protect and nourish an embryo until it grows to term and hatches. 

Fertilization is internal, but little is known about the mating ritual of swell sharks.

After mating, two greenish amber eggs are deposited and become attached, often with the aid of the mother, to substrate items such as rocks and algae, via wiry tendrils of egg case material at the corners of the egg case.

A large yolk, attached to the embryo by way of a yolk stalk, provides nutrition to the embryo during the gestation period, which averages 9-12 months and is, in degree, dependent on water temperature. 

Unhatched baby shark rescued by mum

Comments 15

Share what you think

 
View all

The comments below have not been moderated.

 
View all

The views expressed in the contents above are those of our users and do not necessarily reflect the views of MailOnline.

Add your comment

Enter your comment

Post comment to your Facebook Timeline
What’s This?

By posting your comment you agree to our house rules.

Submit Comment
Clear

Close

 

No
Yes

Close

We will automatically post your comment and a link to the news story to your Facebook timeline at the same time it is posted on MailOnline. To do this we will link your MailOnline account with your Facebook account. We’ll ask you to confirm this for your first post to Facebook.

You can choose on each post whether you would like it to be posted to Facebook. Your details from Facebook will be used to provide you with tailored content, marketing and ads in line with our Privacy Policy.

More top stories

Bing

Site
Web

Enter search term:
Search

Advertisement

  • +1
    DailyMail

  • Follow
    @dailymail

  • Follow
    DailyMail

  • Follow
    Daily Mail

  • Download our iPhone app

  • Download our Android app

  • World’s insects could be wiped out ‘within a century’ as scientists warn they are dying out eight times…

  • Some-FIN funny about this! Mother, 34, rescues unhatched baby shark found wriggling inside its egg sac…

  • Light pollution is affecting ‘more than half’ of key wildlife areas causing disruption to plants and…

  • The real life Street View! Google is testing an AR feature that places directions over your camera’s view of…

  • Amazon’s Alexa will be used as a ‘virtual medical coach’ to monitor patients with diabetes, asthma or…

  • Scientists redraw the models of New Horizons’ faraway target AGAIN as new observations now reveal it’s…

  • Incredible video brings a long-lost medieval city in South Africa back to life after it was destroyed by…

  • ‘Literally nobody asked for this’: Instagram announces IGTV is coming to your newsfeed – and users aren’t…

  • Microsoft cyber security chief urges users to STOP using its own outdated browser Internet Explorer and move…

  • Does relationship compatibility depend on your GENES? Researcher claims DNA could affect the quality of your…

  • Why humans love horror: Study on haunted house attendees reveals harmless scares induce a ‘high state of…

  • Going, going, GONE! AI-powered art that makes unique male and female portraits which DISAPPEAR and are never…

  • Spotify cracks down on ad blockers by suspending or DELETING any accounts that use the software

  • Scientists want to build a space station INSIDE an asteroid and use artificial gravity from the rapidly…

  • Elon Musk reveals SpaceX’s new Raptor engine has passed key test fire milestone proving it can carry…

  • MORE HEADLINES
  • World’s insects could be wiped out ‘within a century’ as scientists warn they are dying out eight times faster than mammals 

  • Some-FIN funny about this! Mother, 34, rescues unhatched baby shark found wriggling inside its egg sac stranded on a Californian beach

  • Light pollution is affecting ‘more than half’ of key wildlife areas causing disruption to plants and animals’ natural cycles (and it’s only likely to get WORSE)

  • The real life Street View! Google is testing an AR feature that places directions over your camera’s view of your surroundings using recognisable landmarks to navigate in real time

  • MOST READ IN DETAIL

 
 

DON’T MISS

Advertisement

 
 
 
 

GADGET REVIEWS

iPad Pro review: Apple takes the tablet to new heights (at a price)

Apple’s new iPad is blazingly fast, gorgeous to look at, and quite simply the best tablet out there – and for a lot of people, probably the best computer out there.

  • 43 comments

  • 1 video

 

The small smart display with big potential: Google Home Hub review

Google is late to the game with its Home Hub, but the low price and AI features make it a great choice for controlling your home, showing pictures and even helping run your life.

  • 1 comment

  • 2 videos

 

‘Good enough for most people’: iPhone XR review

On one hand, the XR lacks the high-resolution screen and dual-lens camera on the XS. but it is $250 cheaper and still get most of the other cutting-edge features found on the more expensive model.

  • 199 comments

  • 1 video

 

The Pixel 3 outsmarts the iPhone (IF you trust Google with all your information)

AI seems to permeate every part of its software, from the ability to answer calls for you to being able to almost perfectly predict your morning commute.

  • comments

  • 1 video

 

Bigger and better in every way: Apple’s XS really does take the iPhone to the Max

Apple’s new iPhone XS and XS Max go on sale on Friday – and the biggest handset Apple has ever made is also its best (and possibly unsurprisingly, its most expensive).

  • 17 comments

  • 1 video

 

The $250 beauty device that works like ‘Photoshop for your face’

Israeli beauty-tech firm Pollogen has launched its Geneo Personal device, which stimulates oxygen from beneath the skin’s surface to give you a clearer, fresher face within minutes.

  • 19 comments

  • 1 video

 

iOS 12 review: The update that really will improve your iPhone

Rather than cram in a plethora of new features, Apple’s latest update is about boosting stability, with improvements in everything from FaceID and battery life.

  • 208 comments

  • 2 videos

 

Naim Atom: The hifi that will change the way you listen to music

It’s eye-wateringly expensive at $2,999, but Naim’s Uniti Atom is a revelation, an integrated amplifier than makes it easy to stream music at a quality you’ve probably never heard before.

  • comments

 

The $1,000 wireless speaker that really IS worth the price: Naim Mu-so Qb review

Naim’s incredible Mu-So Qb takes you back to the good old days – where the music captivates and enthralls, rather that simply being something in the background.

  • comments

  • 1 video

 

The hi-tech $2,000 spin bike that really could change your life

Peloton’s hi-tech bike lets you stream live and on demand rides to your home – and it’s one of the best examples of fitness technology out there – at a price.

  • comments

  • 1 video

 

The best all in one wireless speaker you’ll ever hear: Naim Mu-so review

It might not be a name familiar to the US market, but Naim is a legendary British brand hoping to make a splash with the American launch of its $1499 Mu:So speaker.

  • 3 comments

  • 1 video

Next story


British-born rapper 21 Savage’s $8 million fortune ‘can’t be touched by ICE officials’ despite deportation row

  • 224 comments

  • 2 videos

NEW ARTICLESHomeTop

Share

Sitemap

Archive
Video Archive
Topics Index
Mobile Apps
Screensaver
RSS
Text-based site
Reader Prints
Our Papers
Top of page

Daily Mail

Mail on Sunday
This is Money

Metro
Jobsite
Mail Travel
Zoopla.co.uk
Prime Location
Discount Codes
Betting

Published by Associated Newspapers Ltd

Part of the Daily Mail, The Mail on Sunday & Metro Media Group

© dmg media
Contact us
How to complain
Leadership Team
Advertise with us
Contributors
Terms
Privacy policy & cookies

Advertisement

Advertisement

Add comment