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All Six Shark Ray Pups at Newport Aquarium Die

The six shark ray pups born at the Newport Aquarium have all died.

The pups made news in January for being the first born in captivity. Their mother, Sweet Pea, returned to her exhibit this week.

"Since this is the first time shark rays have bred in captivity, we were in uncharted territory. The knowledge and experience that we’ve gained has been vast and will hopefully assist us in the future," Chris Pierson, director of husbandry operations at the Aquarium told WVXU.

“Right now, I’m in a bit of a fog. All of our staff is. It’s going to take a while for us to recover,” general curator Mark Dvornak told The Cincinnati Enquirer Tuesday, after the the last surviving pup died this week.