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    Shark pup result of 'virgin birth'

    NewScientist.com: Shark pup result of 'virgin birth'

    Here's the scenario: three sharks are in a tank, all three are female and all were captured when they were sexually immature babies. They spend three years in the tank together without ever coming in contact with a male. Then, one day, a baby shark pops up.
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    Is there a possibliity that this is some kind of twin inside the other twin, as occurs very, very rarely with humans? Though I don't know whether the twin in twin ever evolves to a full grown creature, and whether it is normal for it to be located in the womb. I thought the second twin was always uncapable of an independent life and located pretty random in the body of the living twin, though obviously in a position where it doesn't do too much harm (until it reaches considerable size...), and in most cases in the stomach for parasitic reasons. They are discovered because they grow along with the living twin. Well, at least the internal kind. An external parasitic twin is identified quite easily .

    It is called "fetus in fetu".
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    Hmm. There are species of fish that can switch genders, and some animals that can give birth without males.
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    If three wise sharks bearing gifts show up...

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    Check what Troy McClure was doing nine months ago.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Peter Wilson View Post
    If three wise sharks bearing gifts show up...
    Remember, he hung on the fishook for your sins!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ronald Brak View Post
    Check what Troy McClure was doing nine months ago.


    Yeah. When he said he spent a few days "in the tank," I just assumed...

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    Hi, I'm troyc McClure. You may remember me from such virgin births as "The Truth About The Lindbergh Baby" and "The Kid Is Not My Son".

    But slightly more seriously, where in the series is it mentioned he has this...issue...with animals, especially fish? He says he's got "something" in the episode he marriees Selma, but other than that?
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    But slightly more seriously, where in the series is it mentioned he has this...issue...with animals, especially fish? He says he's got "something" in the episode he marriees Selma, but other than that?
    TROY McCLURE: ...I haven't been this excited since the birth of baby Shamoo and the kid wasn't even mine.

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    I haven't seen that episode in years. Reading a summary of it, the episode makes very clear he has some very profound interest in fish. Add to that his admittance to having a bizarre sexual preference, you indeed end up with a zoophilia involving fish.
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    >>three wise sharks bearing gifts show up

    Hum,
    as many already know here, the word `virgin` was a mistranslation for `young maid`; although it would be a common mistake for a shark to make.

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    The baby shark was killed by a stingray.

    Nothing but respect for these beautiful creatures, but they do need a PR-manager.
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    I heard they discovered it was a "twin within a twin".

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