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Unborn Baby Shark Filmed Swimming Around Inside Its Mother

The embryo was caught moving from one uterus to another, likely in search of snacks.
Source: Okinawa Churashima Foundation

In July 2016, Kiyomi Murakumo of the Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium was giving a pregnant tawny nurse shark an ultrasound, when she saw the unmistakable outline of a moving baby shark.

It’s not unusual to see a shark swimming around. It’s far more unusual when that shark hasn’t been born yet. And in this case, the unborn shark wasn’t just fidgeting—it swam from one of its mother’s two uteri to

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