Transcoelomic expulsion of an ingested foreign object by a carcharhinid shark
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Marine and Freshwater Research
deep hook, diver observation, gut hook, lemon shark, stomach eversion, spiral valve eversion
A wild lemon shark (Negaprion brevirostris) was observed to expel an ingested foreign object through its body wall, over a minimum period of 435 days. We observed this lemon shark at a recreational diving feeding site off the coast of Juno Beach (FL, USA) on 12 occasions between 6 December 2014 and 14 December 2016. At the final observation, following expulsion, we observed this lemon shark with scar tissue and in apparent healthy condition. At minimum, this lemon shark was able to survive for over 1 year under perforation of its stomach lining, coelom and body wall. This account provides further evidence for the resilience and recovery capabilities of elasmobranch fish.
Kessel, S. T.; Fraser, J.; Van Bonn, W. G.; Brooks, J. L.; Guttridge, T. L.; Hussey, Nigel E.; and Gruber, S. H., "Transcoelomic expulsion of an ingested foreign object by a carcharhinid shark" (2017). Marine and Freshwater Research, 68, 11, 2173-2177.