Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water…

If you thought bathrooms were dangerous, you’re going to be terrified by transsexual sharks.

Many fish are switch-hitters: they have the ability to change from male to female, or vice versa, when it’s convenient for reproduction. Not so for sharks and rays, which develop either male or female organs before birth. But off the coast of Taiwan, fishers discovered a shark with a fully developed set of male and female reproductive organs. The animal is one of only a handful of such sharks ever documented, and the first of its species.

Actually, I suspect these sharks would be more tolerant and more interesting than the bro-sharks with their toxic masculinity.

But wait, even bro-sharks just want to be left alone.


  1. colinday says

    That would make them intersexual, not transsexual. And as a white cis het male, I don’t find bathrooms dangerous.

  2. Crip Dyke, Right Reverend Feminist FuckToy of Death & Her Handmaiden says


    While I understand your comment at #3, I’ve been reading long enough that I think this is probably a case where PZ is aware of the terms and is merely using ironic faux-ignorance in the service of snark.

    @everyone else:

    Am I wrong to wonder about how news reports like this might spice up the next Sharknado sequel?

  3. blf says

    Ah, so that’s what happened… The mildly deranged penguin has been playing with her latest invention — a cheese-ray (no, I haven’t worked out just what she means either) — to turn congresscritters into sentient ethical lifeforms, but is having some difficulties with the controls. (And it doesn’t help the default setting seems to be “Walrus”.) She was trying the multidimensional Gender control (Understanding; Phobia; Identity; Biology; and an least one dimension whose label has vanished, isn’t in the manual, and seems to do nothing) when the test subjects jumped out of their goldfish bowl, appeared to have an energetic orgy, and then ran away (at an impressive rate of speed) on their tailfins, barking all the while like dormice (I haven’t deciphered that either). She thinks they jumped into the Sea, but isn’t sure if it’s the Mediterranean or one of the local resturants’s Salade de la mer. Apparently it was the Taiwan Strait, albeit the decrease in size is a puzzle.