What Are Baby Sharks Called?


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Baby sharks are known as "pups." Already equipped with a set of teeth and ready for life on their own, baby sharks leave their mother immediately after birth.

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What Are Baby Sharks Called?
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Sharks have one of the longest gestation periods of all mammals, with the basking and frilled sharks carrying their young for up to 3 or 3.5 years. Litter size ranges from a single pup or two in great whites, to more than 100 among the whale and blue sharks. Eggs hatching inside the female shark may be fed by a placenta (viviparity), without a placenta (Aplacental viviparity), or deposited into the ocean where they hatch on their own (oviparity).

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