Texas State Aquarium announces 1st shark birth

April 25, 2013 6:29:29 AM PDT
One of the younger residents of the Texas State Aquarium is the first shark to be born at the tourist-popular site.

Aquarium officials in Corpus Christi on Wednesday offered details on the female white spotted bamboo shark named Joy. Authorities say the shark was hatched in October and is the only shark ever born at the aquarium.

The Corpus Christi Caller-Times reports Joy won't be put on public display until she's large enough to be placed in the shark touch tank exhibit.

The white spotted bamboo shark typically is found in the South Pacific and grows to a length of up to 4 feet. Aquarium officials say Joy currently is 18 inches long and weighs just under 3 pounds.

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