Imagine two weary travelers — one man and one woman — searching for shelter as they make their way slowly to Nazareth. They finally secure rudimentary accomodations in Bethlehem, only to discover a fucking shark in the manger. That’s my completely nonsensical way of introducing this story:
In a study reported Friday in the Journal of Fish Biology, scientists said DNA testing proved that a pup carried by a female Atlantic blacktip shark in the Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center contained no genetic material from a male.
All hail Jesus Shark!
Or maybe it’s actually Jesus Shark’s little brother, Pepito Shark. This has happened before:
The first documented case of asexual reproduction, or parthenogenesis, among sharks involved a pup born to a hammerhead at an Omaha, Neb., zoo.
“This first case was no fluke,” Demian Chapman, a shark scientist and lead author of the second study, said in a statement. “It is quite possible that this is something female sharks of many species can do on occasion.”
Awesome. As if sharks weren’t magical and dangerous enough, now they can reproduce without boning. I’d say things are working out pretty nicely for the Brotherhood of Flying Shark Vikings.