The shark has hatched! Oct 3 around 5 am Pacific time. Check out the Development video below for a summary of entire process within the egg.
10/7 - First meal eaten! A live ghost shrimp became her first meal sometime after her usual shrimp and squid offering at midnight.
10/3 - Hatched:
10/2 - Hatch attempts have been very strong. Expect a hatch in under 24 hours.
9/30 - Finally breached the egg
9/29 - Hatch Attempt Compilation
9/28 - First attempted Hatch
9/26 Latest HD Videos:
The egg is slightly transparent allowing us to see the developing shark attached to the yolk sack. Once the yolk is depleted, the shark will be ready to hatch and will force itself out of the egg. This should occur sometime in September. We will provide the shark will live ghost shrimp and chopped up squid for food.
The shark often rolls around and "kicks" while developing.
If the top of the shark is visible you will see a very dark body with horizontal stripes, and the eyes will be visible.
If the shark is facing away from the camera then the pale belly with stripes on the sides and tail will be visible, and the mouth and gills are fairly easy to see move. In this position the yolk sack is visible as the white blob connected in the center of his stomach. Check earlier videos in the archive for a more obvious yolk sack. Currently it is quite small. Once the yolk is gone the shark will begin to hatch. When this occurs I will post on the social chat, and this info section that the shark is ready to hatch within a day.
Not all sharks lay eggs! Many give live birth, such as the leopard shark which closely resembles the swell shark. Leopards sharks will keep the eggs inside their body for protection until the young have hatched.
This swell shark egg was found on a beach in southern California. Generally, these eggs can be found after hatching as hard black shells tangled in kelp. Our shark, however, was washed ashore prematurely and had an extremely high risk of suffocating due to air entering the egg sack.
We put the egg into a temporary 5 gallon salt water tank and now the shark is developing appropriately and should hatch in September. Once hatched, we will release the swell shark back into the ocean near a common hangout for other adult swell sharks.