Baby boom at Biomes

Biomes Marine Biology Center in North Kingstown is having a baby boom.

Officials said their 6-year-old female smooth dogfish shark had a litter of eight pups Sunday night. They said all of the babies are doing well and eating.

It's the first time in 22 years that dogfish sharks have been born at Biomes.

Officials said the pups will continue to live at Biomes and be hand fed for the next few months. Some of them will be released next year.

Biomes said dogfish sharks, also called sand sharks, are the most common sharks in Rhode Island. They grow to about 5 feet in length. They can live for 30 years.

The pups can be viewed by the public at the Biomes Marine Biology Center from noon to 5 p.m. weekdays and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sundays. Children visiting between 3 and 5 p.m. weekdays can help hand feed the pups.