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Shark Ray Pregnant at Newport Aquarium

NEWPORT, Ky. (WKRC) - The Newport Aqarium announced Saturday that the beloved Shark Ray, Sweet Pea, is pregnant.

Sweet Pea has been at the aquarium since 2005 and is very popular with visitors. The aquarium says that this historical achievement was made possible through a revolutionary Shark Ray Breeding Program which involved a male shark ray being introduced in 2007. The aquarium says this is the first time a shark ray has become pregnant while in a controlled environment.

Sweet Pea has been taken off display and moved to an offsite facility. Officials speculate that Sweet Pea will give birth to about a half-dozen pups.

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