News Wrap: Shark impregnates herself and gives birth  

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Western Cape Gov vows to continue fighting crime 

The Western Cape Government has vowed to continue efforts to make life difficult for criminals.
According to the provincial Department of Police Oversight and Community Safety, the Overstrand and Swartland K9 units confiscated drugs and West Coast Rock Lobsters worth over three-hundred-thousand rand this month.
Three men were arrested for the possession of the four-thousand mandrax tablets that were found last week.

Fish Hoek Beach reopened after sewerage spill 

The City says that Fish Hoek Beach has now been reopened, after the coastline had to be closed on Sunday as a precautionary measure due to a blocked sewer. The City’s Environmental Health Service says it had received water sampling results from Fish Hoek Beach, taken after the sewerage spill, and can confirm that results show that the quality of water is within the minimum requirement for recreational activities as determined by the National Water Quality Guidelines.

Electricity crisis in SA continues 

Eskom is again struggling to keep the lights on as heightened levels of loadshedding continues to be implemented across the country. The power utility escalated load shedding to stage 6 last night into early this morning citing breakdowns in generation capacity at several power stations. The country has been gripped by various stages of rolling blackouts for months now, with some energy experts forecasting a dark Christmas this year, with predictions pointing to things getting worse in the New Year.

Shark impregnates herself and gives birth  

The Shedd Aquarium in Chicago says researchers were stunned when they discovered a female zebra shark had hatched pups without any genetic material from a male. The aquarium said the female shark, nicknamed Bubbles, hatched pups in the tank she shares with multiple other adult zebra sharks, and the babies were originally believed to have been fathered by a male shark in the tank. Genetic testing was performed on the pups as part of research related to a breeding program for the species and the researchers were stunned to discover Bubbles was the sole parent of the baby sharks, having reproduced via parthenogenesis, or “virgin birth,” where a female will fertilize eggs with her own genetic material.

Written by: Keenan Williams

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