Baby shark hatches in Dubuque, Iowa

DUBUQUE, Iowa- A shark has been hatched in Iowa. Officials with the National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium in Dubuque say after weeks of anticipation, a Coral Catshark hatched Friday, March 15th, in the facility's Conservation Lab. It is the first shark born at the Museum and Aquarium.

It will be on display in the Conservation Lab for the immediate future and staff will closely monitor its health.

"At a time when shark populations worldwide are threatened due to human activity, this shark pup will help spread a message of home," said Andy Allison, Director of Living Collections at the River Museum. "Conservation facilities affiliated with the Association of Zoos and Aquariums are working around the country and throughout the world to help save shark species."

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