Man Hatching Weird Pod Looks Like a 'Stranger Things' Scene, But It's Not a Demogorgon

Friday, 17 August 2018 - 9:32AM
Friday, 17 August 2018 - 9:32AM
Man Hatching Weird Pod Looks Like a 'Stranger Things' Scene, But It's Not a Demogorgon
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Most of us have witnessed the slightly disturbing but natural way that various animals are born or hatched thanks to National Geographic and the Discovery Channel, but most of those events don't involve a brown speckled pouch and a man with a pair of kitchen shears.

Indeed, this is something closer to a scene from "Stranger Things" than what you might get from a science page.

 

In a video posted to Rumble, a man is shown standing over a half-filled plastic bin of water with scissors in one hand and a strange pod in the other. Even without the spoilers in the title, the thumbnail is way too provocative to not stop and watch. As the video description explains, the pod is actually an egg, and inside is a baby bamboo shark that is just about ready to take its first swim. In the wild, the sharks find their way out of the eggs, but when being born in captivity as aquarium pets, they need a little assistance. Being careful not to nick the living creature inside, the man snips one end of the casing, then widens the hole and does a little coaxing until the little shark comes thrashing out into its temporary plastic ocean. 

Whitespotted bamboo sharks are not native to the United States, but are common in Indonesia and Japan and often sold around the world to owners of salt water aquariums. They can grow up to three feet long, are mostly nocturnal, and like to "crawl" around the bottom of shallow waters where they eat small crabs, fish, and shrimp. Unfortunately, the sharks are listed as "near-threatened" by the World Conservation Union due to "human consumption and habitat degradation due to dynamite and cyanide fishing." So while keeping them as pets and seeing them hatch like this is cool, maybe you should just enjoy the video as a spectator instead of trying to buy one for yourself.
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