Betty the shark plays the waiting game...

Diver Martin Sutcliffe in the tank with Betty the bowmouth shark.

Diver Martin Sutcliffe in the tank with Betty the bowmouth shark.

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Sea Life Centre Blackpool could soon be welcoming more sharks to its ocean tank display, if Betty the bowmouth shark provides a positive pregnancy test result.

The shark had been moved to the National Sea Life Centre in Birmingham earlier this year to join a male shark, Boris, in an attempt to launch Europe’s first bowmouth shark breeding programme.

But marine experts’ plans have possibly been scuppered by the presence of two hammerhead sharks in the same tank.

Blackpool displays supervisor Scott Blacker said: “The hammerheads are super-efficient predators, and our feeling is Betty and Boris have not been inclined to try to produce babies with the hammerheads in close proximity.”

Betty will have an ultrasound scan to ensure the sharks haven’t shared a secret tryst.

If Betty is not pregnant she will be brought back to Blackpool with Boris in tow.

Scott said: “We are determined to keep trying for Europe’s first bowmouth babies.”

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