First C-Section Performed in SeaWorld History on a Shark at Orlando’s Discovery Cove

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For the first time in SeaWorld’s history, a Cesarean section has been performed on a shark. The groundbreaking procedure was performed on a whitetip reef shark at SeaWorld Orlando’s sister park, Discovery Cove.

Six months into the shark’s gestation, the park’s animal team noticed a complication with her pregnancy and determined an emergency C-section was necessary. Four healthy pups were born, each weighing less than three pounds at birth.

Discovery Cove guests can see other whitetip reef shark through glass while snorkeling in The Grand Reef or when participating in SeaVenture, an underwater walking tour where guests — wearing dive helmets – are able to explore life under the sea.

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About Michelle Snow

Michelle is the owner and editor of CitySurfing Orlando. She also owns, is a freelance writer specializing in travel and entertainment, and has authored/co-authored four guidebooks on Orlando and Florida. She lives in Orlando near Disney, and hears Magic Kingdom fireworks every night.
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