Shark C-section: SeaWorld animal team helps pregnant whitetip reef shark

An expectant mother at SeaWorld has made history.

In mid-June, animal team members noticed a complication with the pregnancy of a whitetip reef shark who was six months into the gestation of her young.

They performed an emergency C-section.

It was the first time a C-section has been performed on a shark in the history of SeaWorld, at Discovery Cove.

Whitetip reef sharks give birth to live young.

Four new healthy pups were born during the procedure, each weighing less than three pounds at birth.

They are each about two feet long.

The pups and their mother are being monitored behind the scenes for now, and veterinarians say they are behaving normally.

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