This summer, visitors to the Museum of Science and Industry in beautiful Tampa, FL can enjoy not only the fabulous summertime weather, but can also gaze into the bellies of some of the most terrifying sea creatures to ever inhabit the Earth!
Sea Monsters Revealed is adding a pregnant silky shark to the exhibition, and it is scheduled to arrive from China on Thursday, May 23, at 5 p.m. Photographers and reporters are invited to see the shark unloaded once it arrives. Silky sharks are viviparous, meaning they give birth to live young without laying eggs. The eggs are fertilized within the female shark and are retained as the embryos develop. As the embryo grows larger, it receives nutrients via an umbilical cord the same as humans.
“Virtually all sharks give birth to fully formed pups, but they are fish, not mammals,” said Steve Murawski, a research professor in the College of Marine Science at the University of South Florida . “When the eggs are fertilized, the embryos are kept within the mother’s body cavity, but it’s not really a uterus. Silky sharks in particular can have anywhere from 4 – 12 babies in one litter.”
The silky shark joining the Sea Monsters Revealed exhibition has three baby sharks in its womb and four swimming along beside her.
Sea Monsters Revealed, an exhibition of the world’s largest plastinated sea creatures, is now open at the Museum of Science & Industry (MOSI). Like the human anatomy exhibits that now circle the globe,Sea Monsters Revealed uses the revolutionary polymer preservation technique commonly known as plastination to bring real sea animals onto dry land for an up-close and personal look at the most mysterious creatures the deep sea has to offer. In addition to the newly added pregnant silky shark, visitors will see a 6-foot-wide manta ray, a 15-foot-long mako shark, a giant squid, an 18-foot-long, 3,000 pound whale shark, and more.
Sea Monsters Revealed made a splash with its world premiere and is now open at MOSI through Monday, Sept. 2, 2013. Museum hours are Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. Tickets can be purchased by calling 813-987-6000 or visiting mosi.org.
Sea Monsters Revealed in Tampa is funded, in part, by the Hillsborough County Board of County Commissioners/Tourist Development Council. SEA MONSTERS, SEA MONSTERS REVEALED and SEA MONSTERS THE EXHIBITION are trademarks of Base Sea Monsters, LLC.
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