Family cuts open dead shark to save her unborn pups

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Incredible Shark Birth Caught on Camera

By Samantha Grillo

Astonishing footage shows the incredible moment a man cut open a deceased, pregnant shark to free her unborn pups.

Restaurant owners Beth Cordell, 44, and Lindsey Cordell, 44, were walking along the coast in Georgia when they spotted a shark that washed up on shore.

Mr. Cordell said: "We noticed the shark had a hook stuck in it -- we wanted to remove it because we didn't want anyone passing by to get hurt on it. We were the first ones to see it -- but a crowd formed around it very quickly."


Photo courtesy Beth Cordell / Barcroft Media

With the help of other beachgoers, they started removing the hook, but noticed movement inside the 6-foot shark's stomach.

Mr. Cordell, from Rome, Georgia, said: "The shark started moving like crazy -- we quickly realized that it was pregnant and its pups were still alive."

One man in the crowd volunteered to cut the shark open with a knife and attempt to rescue the pups.

Their 13-year-old son, also named Lindsey, started recording as the man began performed the incredible emergency C-section.

After several attempts to locate the babies, the man successfully exposed the wriggling newborns inside the mother.

Carefully avoiding the shark's teeth, they successfully rescued and released three pups.

Mr. Cordell said: "I've never experienced anything like this before -- it was definitely a crazy experience."

"Last year while walking with my family on the shore we witnessed baby sea turtles hatching -- this shark birth definitely beats that."

Speaking of sharks, have you ever seen the cookie cutter variety? You definitely wouldn't want to get too close to this mouth:

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