These sharks are saying "no thank you" to baby daddy drama - by skipping out on the daddy part entirely.
For the first time in history, scientists have witnessed a miraculous virgin birth two generations in a row by a captive whitespotted bamboo shark, according to new findings by the Journal of Fish Biology. While virgin births have been seen in other animals before, what makes this shark's ability to reproduce all on her own so incredible is the fact that she was the result of a virgin birth as well. And, to top things off, one of this miracle shark's offspring also went on to reproduce asexually.
Previously, the general consensus among scientists held that invertebrates (animals without backbones) were the primary champions of asexual reproduction, also known as parthenogenesis, or, in layman's terms, having babies without the act of, well, baby-making. Now, it seems this alternative method to producing offspring is en vogue with other vertebrate animals as well, with Komodo dragons, water snakes and, now, these sharks all going 100 percent sperm-free. In the case of the sharks, the study marks the first time scientists have seen two generations of a species - mother, followed by her child - give birth without sex.