Six critically endangered blackchin guitarfish have been born at the National Sea Life Centre in Birmingham, known to be the first and only breeding programme of its kind in the UK.
The population is in severe decline and so the success of this breeding project is of global conservational importance.
“This is fantastic news for the species after another great breeding year. The babies and parents appear to be very healthy and active. The team here couldn’t be happier,” said aquarium curator Jonny Rudd.
Blackchin guitarfish are notoriously slow breeders.