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Watch a shark egg hatch!
Topic by: doozer
Posted: March 20, 2008 - 1:39 AM PDT
Last Reply: March 25, 2008 - 2:10 AM PDT

author topic: Watch a shark egg hatch!
doozer
post #1  on March 20, 2008 - 1:39 AM PDT  
I know it's a bit off topic but somebody I know set up this webcam of a shark egg. I can't stop watching it. I keep alt tabbing between this and the Lost episodes I'm trying to catch up on. I hope I don't miss it hatching. I've yet to be updated on when it's expected to hatch.


It's kind of like a movie...a shark movie..


Jaws Jr.
manuelvillanueva
post #2  on March 20, 2008 - 4:28 AM PDT  
The eggs are bizarre. I bet they got the idea for Alien from this. I had trouble viewing the video until I chose "HTTP" as streaming method. The egg sort of looks translucent when it turns towards the camera but I can't make out what's inside.

Here's a video showing the babies moving inside the egg.
doozer
post #3  on March 20, 2008 - 10:00 AM PDT  
> On March 20, 2008 - 4:28 AM PDT manuelvillanueva wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> The eggs are bizarre. I bet they got the idea for Alien from this. I had trouble viewing the video until I chose "HTTP" as streaming method. The egg sort of looks translucent when it turns towards the camera but I can't make out what's inside.
>
> Here's a video showing the babies moving inside the egg.
>
> ---------------------------------


Hmm I've been streaming it on multicast. I can make out what's inside when it turns to the camera, but only because I already know what it is.

I am told it will hatch any day now. I keep looking for differences in the egg to indicate that it might hatch soon but it always looks the same.
Vanamonde
post #4  on March 20, 2008 - 3:55 PM PDT  
What a wonderful way to present a webcam - so many options, it helps us bandwidth challenged.

And speaking of bizarre, this seems to fit here.

The rays are angry. Be sure to see the slideshow, this thing was HUGE.

So weird and so sad.

Life is precious and gone in a instant.
shiftless
post #5  on March 21, 2008 - 3:23 PM PDT  
I wish I'd never clicked that link, I'm addicted, so hypnotic. wish it wasn't such a side view however.

every time it wiggles, i think, this is IT!
kaream
post #6  on March 21, 2008 - 7:45 PM PDT  
> On March 20, 2008 - 1:39 AM PDT doozer wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> It's kind of like a movie...a shark movie..
> ---------------------------------

Watch a Baby Blacktip Shark Birth!
doozer
post #7  on March 21, 2008 - 10:19 PM PDT  
> On March 21, 2008 - 3:23 PM PDT shiftless wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> I wish I'd never clicked that link, I'm addicted, so hypnotic. wish it wasn't such a side view however.
>
> every time it wiggles, i think, this is IT!
> ---------------------------------



Me too!! It really looks like it wants to get out of there. I really thought last night was it and thought about staying up to watch it. I'm glad I didn't.
doozer
post #8  on March 22, 2008 - 12:43 AM PDT  
I THINK IT'S HATCHING I THINK IT'S HATCHING!!!

It's getting all crazy in there.
shiftless
post #9  on March 22, 2008 - 2:12 PM PDT  
hmmm, it got pretty dark, can't see!
hamano
post #10  on March 22, 2008 - 7:25 PM PDT  
> On March 22, 2008 - 12:43 AM PDT doozer wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> I THINK IT'S HATCHING I THINK IT'S HATCHING!!!
>
> It's getting all crazy in there.
> ---------------------------------

I think they need to reposition the camera again. Right now there's enough light leaking around the egg to illuminate the camera so you can see its reflection in the glass every time the egg swings in front of it. The light source needs to be behind the egg so you can see the moving shark embryo in silhouette. Right now it's just annoying....
hamano
post #11  on March 22, 2008 - 7:30 PM PDT  
Oh, actually the light (a luxo lamp?) is positioned right above the camera, and the glass of the tank is reflecting its light back on the camera. This guy doesn't know much about lighting design.... The light should be slightly behind the egg at an angle, without directly shining into the lens.
shiftless
post #12  on March 22, 2008 - 7:43 PM PDT  
with that little fish in there waiting with the rest of us, this is the best horror movie i've seen in a while...;)

let's name him, the little fish i mean. lunch? dinner? snacky?
shiftless
post #13  on March 23, 2008 - 3:45 PM PDT  
looks like it hatched but it was so dark i couldn't see....grrrr....
doozer
post #14  on March 23, 2008 - 4:40 PM PDT  
I know it's too dark to tell. I've sent off an e-mail but have not yet gotten a response.

So there was definitely a little fish swimming around in side there? I thought I saw something but honestly it looked more like a little ghost of a fish.
hamano
post #15  on March 23, 2008 - 8:55 PM PDT  
I grabbed this screenshot about an hour ago!
shiftless
post #16  on March 24, 2008 - 12:18 AM PDT  
I definitely saw a mini-shark like dark shape swimming around noon time PST today, but it's been murky dark so it's hard to see. I watched them clean the tank on Saturday and there IS a little fish in there that's the same color as the sandy rock floor, he's usually hanging out at the very back and all you can see is his little black eye sticking up. He's probably shark poop by now, or maybe they can coexist peaceably, who knows. Sad that I missed the birthing and that it was unlit when it happened. I'll check tomorrow when the lights are likely to be back on, oh wait, it's easter, maybe there's no school...
kaream
post #17  on March 24, 2008 - 1:23 AM PDT  
> On March 24, 2008 - 12:18 AM PDT shiftless wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> He's probably shark poop by now, or maybe they can coexist peaceably, who knows. Sad that I missed the birthing and that it was unlit when it happened.
> ---------------------------------

See video of live birth at Albuquerque aquarium:

'Aquarium staff went to great lengths to help ensure a successful delivery, holding 24-hour watches on the pregnant female for days prior to the births.

'When the first pup was born late Saturday evening, the aquarist on duty immediately notified the rest of the staff. They gathered as quickly as possible and worked together to remove the four newborn pups from the shark tank.

'In the wild, sharks tend to give birth in secluded areas. This lowers the chances that a hungry predator is nearby and allows the young to adjust to life in the open ocean.

'Here at the Albuquerque Aquarium, the other fish in the Ocean Tank are potential predators for newborn pups. The Aquarium staff used nets on long poles and scuba gear to catch them. In the videos above, you can see divers waiting for a pup to emerge. The pups were moved to a special tank behind-the-scenes for several weeks.'

This video is well-lighted, but brief; click the Google Video button for other videos (most of which are pretty grotesque -- fishers gutting catch, and tossing immature fry back into the water).
hamano
post #18  on March 24, 2008 - 8:03 AM PDT  
Here's the little guy... he seems to stay still for long periods of time. This was grabbed at about 11AM EDT this morning.
doozer
post #19  on March 24, 2008 - 8:33 AM PDT  
> On March 23, 2008 - 8:55 PM PDT hamano wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> I grabbed this screenshot about an hour ago!
> ---------------------------------

It looks like a submarine in this one!
doozer
post #20  on March 25, 2008 - 2:10 AM PDT  
> On March 24, 2008 - 1:23 AM PDT kaream wrote:
> ---------------------------------

Thanks for the shark videos.

I've now decided that I must have a pool of sharks in my backyard. Maybe sharks with lasers on their heads.


In the mean time, I've named the one on the webcam NoNa (for No Name).

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