Photographer Attila Bicskos was diving off the coast of the Philippines last year when he spotted a thresher shark swimming by and snapped a photo. He almost tossed the photo away afterward, but it’s a good thing he didn’t: the photo is now the first recorded image showing a thresher shark giving birth.
If you look closely at the tail end of the shark, you can see a baby shark emerging from its mother:
Bicskos tells the Huffington Post that he originally trashed the photo because he thought the blob under the shark was a jellyfish that had floated in and ruined the shot. “As it was I didn’t have a good profile shot so I revisited my trash folder and looked more closely at what I had. Even after I had stared at it for some time I couldn’t reconcile it was a birth, I guess it was just too far-fetched for that,” he says.
Image credits: Photographs by Attila Bicskos