Mum’s the word at SeaQuariam

PUBLISHED: 10:07 25 March 2014 | UPDATED: 10:07 25 March 2014

Mermaid's Purse

Mermaid's Purse


Staff at SeaQuarium, Weston-super-Mare were excited to discover their British bullhuss sharks have been laying eggs, called Mermaid’s Purses, over the winter months in the depths of their ocean tank

SeaQuarium’s Displays Manager Adam Walters said, “British bullhuss sharks could be seen to be uncaring, as they will lay their eggs around seaweed and then swim away, leaving their young to hatch alone nine months later. Luckily for these particular youngsters, aquarists at the centre will become their foster mothers, ensuring that they are safe and well-fed when they finally hatch out into the world.

“Bullhuss sharks are found all around the UK, and will lay around 75 eggs a year. Each egg contains one baby and will develop for around nine months before hatching. In comparison, our smoothhound sharks will carry the eggs inside them until they are ready to hatch, when they can lay up to fifteen young at once.”

Talks, presentations and hands-on activities will take place all weekend to celebrate the hardworking mothers of the sea.

Visitors will get a chance to see the Mermaid’s Purses and learn more about the hardworking mothers of the sea during Mother’s Day weekend on Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th March 2014.

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