Mini Believe It or Not
Beach Goers Help Stingray Give Birth!
- A fisherman accidentally hooked a stingray from the beach
- His friends and fellow beach goers were calling for him to toss it back when they noticed something coming out of her
- With a little help, the stingray gave birth to four pups
- Stingrays employ ovoviviparity, meaning they give birth to live young without use of a placenta
- The pups develop in eggs in the mother’s body and feed on a yolk sac
- After the sac is gone, they’ll feed on uterine “milk”
- Stingrays usually give birth to litters of 5 – 13 pups
“BIONs” – short for Believe It or Not – is the word we use at Ripley’s to refer to anything that is unbelievable and worthy to become part of Ripley’s lore and collection.