All Hail Jesus Shark

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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.

Scientists: Virginia shark’s pup a ‘virgin birth’ [Wired]

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3 responses to “All Hail Jesus Shark

  1. How many times do you think you’ve posted this picture? 35? 45?

    …and it never gets old

  2. I will, however, laugh at this picture every time you post it. So thanks!

  3. Obviously the interest in this news report is due to the virgin birth of Jesus story, which allegedly is derived from the Bible.

    In fact the Bible says no such thing, and only arose from Jewish idiom being twisted to fit the mentality of the Greek interpreters of the Bible.

    These articles on virgin birth come from an unusual angle and may be of interest –

    http://www.wallsofjericho.info/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=14&Itemid=26

    and, similarly the debate on TheologyWeb:

    Forum — General Theistics 101
    Thread — Does the Bible teach that Mary was a virgin when Jesus was conceived?

    http://www.theologyweb.com/campus/forumdisplay.php?f=160

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