Mathew Orlov knew something was wrong when he reeled in an 8-foot 8-inch sevengill shark from the waters off the coast of Barwon Heads, Australia.
The shark was already dead by the time he reeled it in after being fatally attacked by another predator after he hooked it. Once Orlov pulled it onto the boat, he saw the shark's stomach moving.
The fisherman cut it open in a desperate attempt to save the babies, releasing 98 shark pups back into the water.
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As far as if the pups are healthy and ok, the fisherman hopes so telling New York Post,
“I love the ocean and respect they’re an important part of the ecosystem. I think the pups’ chance of survival are high – they swam off quite healthily."
Shark expert Jane Williamson, associate professor at Macquarie University in Sydney, also shared her opinion whether the premature pups would have survived on their own.
“It is difficult to see what developmental stage the pups are at – I can’t tell if they are developed enough to cope alone. But I can see the pups don’t have a yolk sac, which is a good sign and indicates that they have a chance of survival.”
We hope the pups are swimming around happily right now! Great work Orlov!