Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Shark Jesus born in Omaha, crucified hours later

Exciting news for the City of...whatever Omaha is the city of (insurance companies?).

Scientists confirmed that a shark born in the Henry Doorly zoo was in fact born without the sperm of a male.
Female sharks can fertilize their own eggs and give birth without sperm from males, according to a new study of the asexual reproduction of a hammerhead in a U.S. zoo.

The joint Northern Ireland-U.S. research, being published Wednesday in the Royal Society's peer-reviewed Biology Letter journal, analyzed the DNA of a shark born in 2001 in the Henry Doorly Zoo in Omaha, Nebraska. The shark was born in a tank with three potential mothers, none of whom had contact with a male hammerhead for at least three years.

This leaves mammals as the only major vertebrate group that is apparently unable to accomplish assexual reproduction in a pinch. However, don't get your hopes up for this Shark Jesus to start a major fish religion because he was crucified within hours of his birth.
The baby was killed within hours of its birth by a stingray in the same tank.

Damn, that's harsh. Stingrays take out Shark Jesus and the Crocidile Hunter. I think they might be up to number 2 in the Threatdown.

Oh, and stupid Liverpool lost keeping my streak of teams I care about winning a major championship at...pretty much lifetime unless you count KU in '88 and I don't really. I blame the refs for missing the handball on the first goal and the Italians for having long hair that is suspiciously greasy (stereotypical but also true).

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Blogger Paul said...

seriously, didnt that goal hit his forearm?? the commentators didn't mention it at all. i thought liverpool was getting crap calls by the ref the whole game. ....and then he ends the game after 92:30 after announcing minimum of 3 extra minutes?

soccer blows.

7:20 PM  
Blogger Ben said...

Yeah, it's no wonder soccer = rioting.

10:54 AM  

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