'Alien Sharks: Stranger Fins' offers a peek into odd-looking species

By Dan Snierson
July 24, 2017 at 06:21 PM EDT
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If Alien Sharks: Stranger Fins gave us nothing but that great groaner of a Stranger Things pun, we would have been content. But Alien Sharks: Stranger Fins — which airs during Discovery’s 29th edition of Shark Week — is giving us something else, something miraculous, something unexpected, something kind of gross, but also something life-affirming: the birth of a sawfish. Two of them, actually. And they’re both trying to get out of the mother at the same time.

Fortunately for these newborn-to-be, sawfish researcher and Alien Sharks vet Dean Grubbs was able to help them out of this life-endangering logjam, getting the “first-ever look at a live birth” in the process. While tagging a 14-foot female sawfish — which is actually in the ray family, while a saw shark is a cross between a shark and a ray — he noticed something protruding out of the sawfish, which turned out to be the tip of the rostrum of a baby. The sight and events that followed provided an answer to the question, “Which end comes out first: the saw or the tail?”

Above, watch this exclusive miracle-of-life clip from Alien Sharks: Stranger Fins, which also includes a search for the saw shark.

Shark Week kicked off on Sunday — you can read about all 18 specials right here — and Alien Sharks: Stranger Fins airs Monday at 10 p.m. ET/PT. (Warning: This program also contains something called a goblin shark.)

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