Newport Aquarium celebrates the birth of 9 shark ray pups - WDRB 41 Louisville News

Newport Aquarium celebrates the birth of 9 shark ray pups

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The Newport Aquarium now has nine shark ray pups.

The shark ray known as "Sweet Pea" gave birth Tuesday night. The pups weigh about two pounds and are about 20 inches long.

“All indications are that this was a successful birth,” said Mark Dvornak, Newport Aquarium’s General Curator. “We are optimistic, but know the most challenging days are ahead, as the animal care team’s focus shifts to closely attending to, and monitoring the shark ray pups.”

More shark rays are dying than being born because of habitat destruction and pollution -- so the Aquarium is very happy about the baby shark rays.

There's no word yet on when the public will be able to see the shark ray pups. They will remain under observation at the aquarium’s offsite animal health facility.  

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