- The Washington Times - Thursday, June 30, 2016

Discovery Channel unveiled a rarity during its famous “Shark Week” programming this year: the “shark sonogram.”

James Sulikowski, professor of marine science at the University of New England, and his team of researchers were thrilled when an ultrasound applied to a 12½-foot tiger shark named Emily showed numerous pups.

“I’ve never seen this before,” Mr. Sulikowski said in a YouTube video uploaded Wednesday by Discovery. “She was just jam-packed. They are so well-developed. This is amazing! They’re about, I guess, 40, 45 centimeters in total length. I can’t believe how far along they are.”

The scientists tagged Emily with tracking devices that should identify the shark’s breeding ground. Data provided by the tags then will help pinpoint the best locations for conservation efforts.

Emily was pregnant with at least 20 tiger shark pups at the time of her release.

Disovery’s “Shark n’ Awe” programming will continue through July 3.

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