What Does a Horn Shark's Egg Look Like?
Most people have probably never even seen a Horn Shark. They also probably don’t know that they hatch from eggs when they are born. The Horn Shark’s egg is one of the most unique egg cases that I have ever seen. This is what it looks like:
Pretty cool, right?
Just like the spikes on their dorsal fins, the ridge that runs along the outside of the egg in a spiral allows the mother to wedge the egg in the crevices of rocks in order to keep them safe until they hatch. Kind of like how the ridges of a screw work.
Sharks mature late in life and they produce very few young. This is why it is really important that if you see an egg case, that you do not disturb it.
Most of the small benthic or bottom dwelling shark egg cases look something like this:
This is my Epaulette Shark Zelda that I rescued when she was just an egg. Long story short, she is captive bred and she was being raffled off for some reason to people who - most of them - did not have any experience keeping sharks, nor the proper amount of room to keep them. A friend won it and gave it to me.
When sharks hatch, they push their way through an opening in the egg case and swim out.
Speaking of sharks, most species of sharks look more like the Horn Shark, Zelda my Epaulette Shark and my buddy Fatty here who is a Grey Bamboo Shark.
Some even look like my other buddy Yoshi here who is a Coral Cat Shark.
For predators, they are pretty vulnerable believe it or not. Hey also play a very important role in our ecosystem of keeping populations of fish in check. For those of you who are just seeing my content for the first time, in every video that I make about sharks, I explain why I have a few of them. I started keeping sharks and stingrays as pets when I was a kid. As I got older I learned about the unfortunate issues that they are facing in the wild due to our pollution and unfavorable fishing practices.
I decided to do something about it and created Aquapparel. I have also rescued, rehabilitated and re-homed over 100 sharks with my good friend Matt Heyde. So if you’re interested in learning more about these beautiful species, you can watch some more videos about them here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iIzL1hMWMeM&list=PLCoVHlBsZOP9qJ-nj6iZqfv4l2M2DRrmk
Let me know in the comments below if you have ever seen a shark egg in person before. And if so, what species was it.