The Museum of the Cantabrian Sea (MMC) has witnessed this week the birth in captivity of seven pups Musoles, a shark species threatened. This is an important milestone in the history of the museum as it is the first generation of this type of shark that is born at the facility Santander, which already aquarium with nine copies of Musoles.

New Musoles, whose scientific name is Mustelus Mustelus remain quarantined in a special carrier in order to keep them apart from the rest of the aquarium inhabitants, and in their first days of life are in danger of being devoured by other fish.


Those born in the early hours of Tuesday and managed to survive thanks to the team of biologists and scientists of the museum was able to predict the arrival time of birth and to isolate the mother, thus ensuring the success and survival of these juvenile shark .

In addition to the seven pups born alive, in the same birth abortion was the other three.

Born pups, two males and five females, they measure between 34 and 42 cm and weight ranges from 145 grams-of-the smallest and the 225-largest-although, in its reach adulthood around the 16 kg and two meters in length.

According to the biologist and deputy director of the conservative MMC, Gerardo García Castrillo, within days, once used to the food, the offspring are passed on to the aquarium show, where coexist with the more than 130 species that inhabit them, including like the other sharks spotted catshark.

In this first week bocartes and feed on mackerel, and little by little, will expand its menu with potas, prawns and squid.

García Castrillo valued very positively at this stage to be the first shark Musoles that occurs in the MMC. The reason, says, is that until now had nine Musoles that the museum had not reached adulthood. “They came to the aquarium in 2003 and still fry, once adult, the first of which is reproduced as the times that mark the very nature,” he says, recalling that the period of gestation is twelve months.

“We are very pleased that everything went well and there is no guarantee that the seven surviving offspring,” said, while also reminded that it is “great news for a species that is threatened. “Although the population of the Cantabrian Musoles is a little better, in the Mediterranean Sea is very vulnerable.”

The sharks are viviparous Musoles living on the continental shelf, their presence is common in coastal waters and bays and swim between 5 and 450 meters deep. They are nocturnal predators that feed on crustaceans and fish, and are harmless to humans.

Teeth are removed and flattened. They have the body characteristic of sharks: Body elongated and slender, knotty and asymmetric tail, two large dorsal fins, anal fin and large pectoral fins that arise from rigid body.

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