Growing a Critter

We’re growing him on the outside now

Birthin’ babies July 2, 2007

Filed under: body weirdness,development — crittermama @ 8:26 am

Manta ray babies, that is. From today’s Washington Post

Birth of Manta Ray sheds new light on species

So you’re a pregnant manta ray, and you’re about to give birth to a baby with, oh, a six-foot wingspan. How on Earth will you manage that?

Now, for the first time, scientists can answer that question: You gently flap your glorious, 13-foot-wide wings to swim to the bottom. You rub your swollen belly on the ground for a while. Then you gain a little altitude and, with a forceful push, you eject your precious bundle as a rolled-up, burrito-like tube, which promptly unfurls to begin its new life as one of the strangest and least-understood marine animals on the planet.

That’s beautiful. And SO different from what’s going to happen to me and Sir Critter in about 7 weeks (give or take)!

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One Response to “Birthin’ babies”

  1. Rob Says:

    Seven Weeks! Wow. Exciting!

    You won’t want to be rubbing your belly on the ground, trust me!


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