November 20, 2018

Newport Aquarium shark ray is expecting

Sweet Pea is expecting pups, but these baby animals won’t go ‘woof’ or ‘arf.’

Newport Aquarium announced Saturday that the 200 plus pound shark ray is pregnant with at least six babies.

“There could be more,” said Jeff Geiser, the aquarium’s public relations manager.

In 2005, Sweet Pea became the first shark ray to be displayed in the Western Hemisphere and the aquarium says the prehistoric-looking fish is the first to become pregnant in a controlled environment.

Scooter’s introduction in 2007 ushered in the aquarium’s Shark Ray Breeding Program, the first of its kind in the world.

He is thought to have fathered