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Lemon sharks, like salmon, head back home to give birth

ANI | Last Updated: Friday, December 6, 2013 - 18:46

Washington: A new research conducted in Bimini in The Bahamas has revealed that female lemon sharks that were born there returned 15 years later to give birth to their own young.

The study conducted jointly by scientists from The Field Museum, Bimini Biological Field Station Foundation, University of Miami and Stony Brook University (SBU) suggested that local and international efforts can make a big difference in the struggle to recover the world`s coastal shark populations.

"We found that newborn sharks captured in the mid-1990s left the safety of the islands when they were between five and eight years old. Yet, despite leaving and visiting many other islands in their travels, these sharks `remember` where they were born after a decade of roving, and are able to find the island again when they are pregnant and ready to give birth," lead author of the study, Dr. Kevin Feldheim said.

The study is published in the journal Molecular Ecology.

First Published: Friday, December 6, 2013 - 18:46
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