- Leonie, a female zebra shark in Australia, had three offspring in early 2016 after being completely isolated from males for roughly four years.
- According to New Scientist,
Leonie was first paired with a male at an Australian
aquarium in 1999; the couple had over two dozen babies.
2012, aquarium staff moved Leonie’s partner to another tank, leaving
her alone— which is why scientists were stunned when she gave
- How did it happen? It could be because of a kind of biological contingency plan for if
there are no male sharks around.
- According to
New Scientist, sharks are capable of asexual reproduction if
there’s a genetically identical cell called a sister polar body nearby
to fertilize it. Read more