- Associated Press - Tuesday, January 27, 2015

LONG BEACH, Calif. (AP) - A Southern California aquarium has successfully bred two zebra sharks by artificial insemination - a landmark in preserving dwindling shark populations.

Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach says the pair of 10-month-old female sharks went on public display Tuesday.

The pups, which are about 3 feet long, hatched from eggs last March. The aquarium says it’s the first to successfully reproduce zebra sharks through artificial insemination.

Zebra sharks can grow to nearly a dozen feet long and live thirty years but they are caught for food and are listed as vulnerable to extinction.

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