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A captive female zebra shark separated from its mate for three years has given birth to juvenile sharks. Select photos courtesy Tourism and Events Queensland. ➡ Subscribe: http://bit.ly/NatGeoSubscribe About National Geographic: National Geographic is the world's premium destination for science, exploration, and adventure. Through their world-class scientists, photographers, journalists, and filmmakers, Nat Geo gets you closer to the stories that matter and past the edge of what's possible. Get More National Geographic: Official Site: http://bit.ly/NatGeoOfficialSite Facebook: http://bit.ly/FBNatGeo Twitter: http://bit.ly/NatGeoTwitter Instagram: http://bit.ly/NatGeoInsta A captive female zebra shark in Australia didn't let the lack of a male shark stop her from having pups. Three years after being separated from her mate, Leonie laid eggs that hatched juvenile sharks. The asexual reproduction is the first observed in a shark that had previously mated. While scientists pondered at first whether Leonie may have stored sperm from her mate for all those years, testing of the pups revealed that to be unlikely due to their lack of genetic diversity. Read more about Leonie and other species that have switched reproduction methods. http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2017/01/zebra-shark-virgin-birth-reproduction/ Note: Zebra sharks are often called leopard sharks in Australia, but they are a different species from the leopard sharks found off the west coast of North America. Select photos courtesy Tourism and Events Queensland Endangered Shark Gives Rare "Virgin Birth" | National Geographic https://youtu.be/KH0KItspmvs National Geographic https://www.youtube.com/natgeo

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