An incredible immaculate conception has occurred in one of the best aquariums in Australia.
Freckle, a female eagle ray, managed to give birth to a baby despite not having been in contact with a male for nine years.
The amazing event has trapped workers at the Sydney Sea Life Aquarium and has fascinated aquarists.
Baby Ani: the cutest new addition to the aquarium family is also a miracle since her mother has not been in contact with a man in NINE years
The 11-year-old ray, one of the main attractions of the park due to the variety of white spots found on its back, threw its tail into the conventional pregnancy and instead opted to do it alone, opting for the & # 39; ; parthenogenesis & # 39; 9News reported.
"Parthenogenesis is a very rare reproductive strategy in which an embryo develops without fertilization," said Adam Stow of Macquarie University.
The term "pathenogenesis" is taken from the Greek work "pathern" which literally means "virgin" and "genesis" which means "origin".
Like her mother: Baby Ani, who also has white spots on her back, she is seen swimming playfully while the fascinated staff watches her closely
"It's a rare occurrence among vertebrates, like eagle rays, so this is a very special arrival," Stow continued.
The extraordinary news was announced this week, but the Sea Life staff knew that they had been doing something incredible for months.
Senior aquarist Libby Eyre said: "We noticed something was happening with Freckle in early June when his belly was noticeably bigger."
Eyre revealed that they had noticed that she ate more and that she was less interested in participating in the training, which meant that she had to protect something, although they were also extremely doubtful since there were no men in her tank.
However, at the end of July, a belly that had grown in Freckle was no longer there and from there, they knew that a phenomenon had occurred.
Sin that is infamy has only grown more as she gives birth to baby Ani-proving that you do not need any man to get pregnant
"There were shouts of excitement from the staff: everyone was amazed," said Eyre.
They have named the baby Ani after the real name of Darth Vader, Anakin Skywalker, who also has no father.
Ani now has four weeks and still can not be shown, but fans are encouraged to stay updated on the Sea Life Instagram page.
Sea Life Aquarium in Sydney are clearly ecstatic at the news, excited to present the wonder Ani to the world