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A dead female hammerhead shark has washed ashore in Alabama. The autopsy showed that she was pregnant, and 40 young were found in her belly. It is not known what caused the mother’s death.

Female Sphyrna mokarran, a hammerhead shark, was 4.3 meters long. She was found on April 20 in a sandbank near the city of Orange Beach, Alabama. A group of bystanders dragged the giant’s body onto the beach and contacted the local coastal resources team.

The dead shark was in such good condition that officials contacted researchers at Mississippi State University’s Marine Fisheries Ecology (MFE), who performed the autopsies.

A dead female Sphyrna mokarran shark washes ashore in AlabamaCity of Orange Beach Coastal Resources

A dead female Sphyrna mokarran off Orange BeachCity of Orange Beach Coastal Resources

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A dead female Sphyrna mokarran shark has washed ashore in AlabamaCity of Orange Beach Coastal Resources

She had 40 baby sharks in her belly

An autopsy revealed that there were 40 small sharks in the female’s belly, each about 40 centimeters long. The offspring and mother were likely already dead before the waters washed them ashore, local authorities said.

“It is very sad that we have lost a shark,” the team of researchers wrote. He added that this autopsy could help to learn more about the reproduction of this species.

During the autopsy, the team removed and examined key organs, including the female’s heart, liver, esophagus, stomach, spleen, kidneys and pancreas. “There was no sign of injury or disease in any of these body parts,” MFE officials wrote on Facebook. They also sent samples of the animal’s vertebrae, muscle tissue and fins for further analysis in the laboratory.

A dead female Sphyrna mokarran shark washes ashore in AlabamaCity of Orange Beach Coastal Resources

An endangered species

Sphyrna mokarran it is a critically endangered species. It is on the Red List of Threatened Species published by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).

A dead female Sphyrna mokarran off Orange BeachCity of Orange Beach Coastal Resources

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