Roo News

The Student News Site of University of Missouri - Kansas City

Roo News

Roo News

Amidst the festive spirit of St. Patricks Day, the iconic symbol of luck, the clover, reminds us of the rich traditions and celebrations honoring Irish heritage.
Exploring St. Patrick's Day Alternatives in Kansas City
Aydan Stigler and Grace BeshoreMarch 14, 2024

  The annual St. Patrick's Day celebration is just around the corner, and with celebration comes large crowds.    The annual city parade...

Visit the City Market to explore local vendors.
Smart Saving Strategies for a Wallet-Friendly Spring Break
Emily Wheeler, Staff Writer • March 14, 2024

  UMKC students are ready for the upcoming week-long spring break, but are their wallets?   From travel adventures to staycations, spring...

Earth Mother by Sheron Smith
Her Art/Their Art Explores the Female Experience in the 21st Century
Elyse Bredfeldt, Staff Writer • March 12, 2024

  Her Art/Their Art is a collection that aims to answer the question: “What does it mean to identify, live, navigate, or be perceived by society...

Nina Simone: Four Women” playbook.
The KC Rep’s “Nina Simone: Four Women” is both timeless and poignant.
Maisy Blanton, Staff Writer • March 5, 2024

  The Kansas City Repertory Theater (KCRep) recently performed “Nina Simone: Four Women.” The show follows musician Nina Simone as she...

Around 1 million people were estimated to be in attendance at the parade.
One Dead, Several Injured During Chiefs Parade
Zach Gunter and Jazlyn SummersFebruary 14, 2024

Update:   As of 2:30 p.m. Thursday afternoon, the number of those injured at the Union Station shooting after the Chiefs Super Bowl parade...

Students Weigh in on Charlotte the Stingray’s Pregnancy: Shark-Ray or Asexual Reproduction?

The newest TikTok sensation divides viewers with her shocking journey to motherhood.
Maisy Blanton and Evelyn Berger
The topic has circulated the Internet with scientists weighing in.

  Charlotte, a round stingray at an aquarium in North Carolina, has become pregnant despite not having a mate for eight years now. 

  Scientists are confounded by this phenomenon, and many speculate that her two male shark roommates are possible fathers.

  The alternate answer to the stingray conundrum is a process in which Charlotte got pregnant all by herself through asexual reproduction. 

  “The process is called parthenogenesis; it is so cool but so rare,” said Ethan Ford, a mechanical engineering major at UMKC.  

  While the process of asexual reproduction is a scientific rarity, some watchers are hoping for a new hybrid species, or “shark-ray.”

  “I’d like to hope that it’s a shark-ray,” said Kathryn Coleman, a sophomore chemistry major.  “That’d be way cooler,”

  Despite the excitement around potential new aquatic life, the more plausible option is also quite sensational due to its infrequency in recorded history.

  “If it is parthenogenesis, it is so rare already that it would just be crazy that it happened in captivity,” said Atlas Sizemore, a sophomore biomedical engineering major.

  Since TikTok’s rise in popularity, viral sensations like these are much more common than they used to be. However, not all viewers believe exactly what they see. 

  “A lot of things go viral and it’s kind of hard to point out the reason why,” said Alanie Rivera, a sophomore psychology and criminal justice major, “Anybody that is on TikTok needs to be cautious of what’s on there.”

  With Charlotte’s pups suspected to arrive any day now, casual viewers and scientists alike are highly anticipating the aquatic birth of the decade.

[email protected]

[email protected]

Leave a Comment
Donate to Roo News

Your donation will support the student journalists of University of Missouri - Kansas City. Your contribution will allow us to purchase equipment and cover our annual website hosting costs.

More to Discover
Donate to Roo News

Comments (0)

All Roo News Picks Reader Picks Sort: Newest

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *