The new female sandbar shark pup, Chloe, born at National Aquarium, Baltimore, this past May is now enjoying her new home in the Atlantic Coral Reef exhibit. This pup was recently born to the two adult sandbars in the Shark Alley: Atlantic Predators exhibit. This is the first pup born to the female sandbar since coming to the Aquarium in 2003.
After staff initially observed the birth, the pup was moved behind-the-scenes for immediate veterinary care and further observation. At this time, the Aquarium’s Animal Care and Animal Health have introduced the young shark to her new environment and will continue to monitor the baby shark's health and eating patterns.
Female sandbars are known to have a range of one to 14 pups throughout their lifetime. This species reaches sexual maturity at around 16 years of age (or later) and their average gestational period is about 12 months. Females also have what’s known as a “biennial reproductive cycle,” meaning they reproduce every other year.