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An aquarium keeper was given the shark of his life when a delicate egg suddenly hatched in his hands as he carried out a routine check.
Kico Iraola had removed the black sack from a tank and was carefully examining it when he suddenly felt it move.
Just seconds later the egg case burst open and a 4.5ins long baby shark burst out and landed with a splash into a bowl of water.
Kico alerted his colleagues who were stunned to see the empty sack and the animal happily swimming around.
Banded sharks normally take six months to hatch but the little creature was around four weeks early.
The black-and-white Banded shark was moved to a separate enclosure at the SeaLife Adventure Park in Weymouth, Dorset, where it will be carefully monitored.