The infant bull huss shark measuring less than 12cm in length was born after an eight-month incubation inside its egg-case, also known as a mermaid's purse
Holly is on holiday when she finds a mermaid's purse
on the beach.
Frances, who works in the National Sea-Life Centre in Bray, was surprised to find Gums still moving inside his damaged "Mermaid's Purse
Scientists discovered a rare shark "nursery" with thousands of egg cases or "mermaid's purses
" deposited on coral skeletons in the waters 200 miles off the western Irish coast. The discovery was made by a remotely operated vehicle exploring the region's cold-water coral reefs.
Marine community engagement officer for north Merseyside, Sally Tapp, said: "It is always a joy to see the look on children's faces when they discover that these mysterious mermaid's purses
are actually the eggs laid by sharks, skates and rays.
Conservationists are urging beach goers to look out for the species' empty egg cases, known as mermaid's purses
, so that they can take action to protect the last nursery grounds around Wales.
Officials with the Cape Hatteras National Seashore clarified these objects were what was known as "mermaid's purses
" or "devil's pocketbooks" - the egg casings of sea skates.