Sad update: Both sharks born at the North Carolina Aquarium have died

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Courtesy of the N.C. Aquarium

MANTEO, N.C. (WAVY) — The North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island announced the birth of two shark pups born Oct. 16 at the aquarium.

Sadly, both of the shark pups have since died.

The two pups were retrieved within minutes by staff to protect them from other animals in the exhibit. After being carefully placed into an acclimation pool, they were moved to the holding pool behind the scenes in quarantine.

One of the sharks did not survive the first night and staff is working to learn why.

The surviving two-pound female sandbar shark pup was being watched by staff in an area out of public view.

On Friday, Oct. 30, the aquarium announced that “despite the intensive care and attention provided by husbandry professionals, the shark had not yet begun to eat on its own, and recently was beginning to show signs of a possible infection.”

Veterinary staff administered medicine, but the shark did not respond to it. The team made the difficult decision to euthanize it, as a result.

Aquarium staff was excited about the births because it’s not often you get a chance to see newborn sharks.

Though there aren’t firm numbers in cases like these, the survivability rate of shark pups in the natural world are low.

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