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Rare angel shark gives birth to 19 pups.

Summary: An endangered angel shark has given birth to 19 pups at the Deep Sea World aquarium in Scotland.

An endangered angel shark has given birth to 19 pups at the Deep Sea World aquarium in Scotland.

Anne, as she is named, spent three weeks in labour. The aquarium's zoological manager, Chris Smith said: "All the pups, including the one which was born prematurely, are doing extremely well."

Angel sharks are critically endangered and were declared officially extinct in the North Sea in 2006.

This is the first time an angel shark has given birth in captivity in the UK and, according to zoologists it is also a world first.

Smith expressed his joy at the births, saying: "For us to have had one pup would have been a cause for real celebration, to have 19 of them is nothing short of extraordinary."

Deep Sea World will now pass on details of the experience to other European aquariums in hope that the success can be repeated.

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