Three critically endangered smalltooth sawfish puppies have arrived at SeaWorld Orlando.
SeaWorld Orlando recently welcomed three smalltooth sawfish pups,
making it the only aquarium in the United States and the second in the world to have a healthy birth, the aquarium announced Wednesday.
The pups were born on July 11, 2023, and include two girls and one male, according to a news statement from SeaWorld Orlando.
The sea animals, which resembled little sharks due to their saw-shaped rostrums, were around two feet long.
According to SeaWorld, the puppies got a thorough examination after delivery and will continue to receive monthly check-ups to "ensure their sustained health and expected developmental progress
The examinations are vital to preventing the extinction of these extremely endangered species.
Despite their shark-like bodies with gills and mouths on their undersides, smalltooth sawfish are classified as rays by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association (NOAA) Fisheries.
The marine creatures are named from their distinctive rostrum, which is a large, flat snout edged with teeth and shaped like a saw. They are normally olive gray to brown on top and white on the bottom.