Truck Carrying Sharks Crashes on Florida Highway

by | Jun 11, 2015 | Fish, Tanks | 0 comments

A truly bizarre traffic accident occurred on Wednesday afternoon, when a truck carrying several Sandbar Sharks crashed on I-95 in Volusia County, Florida.  The trailer crashed after a tire became separated from the vehicle near Oak Hill, said Florida Highway Patrol officials.  The semi crossed over  the median and stopped at a tree line.

The 4 Sandbar Sharks, each about 5 feet long, were being transported from a collector in Marathon, Florida to the New York Aquarium on Coney Island. One of the sharks on the truck was ejected from the holding tank and died as a result of the crash. The 3 surviving sharks were taken to SeaWorld Orlando to recover.

In a video released Thursday, SeaWorld officials said the three adult male sandbar sharks that survived the crash were not seriously hurt, but crews continue to monitor them around the clock. Plans to move the remaining sharks to the New York Aquarium will resume at a later date.


  • Francis Yupangco

    Francis is a marine biologist with an MBA and over 20 years of professional aquarium experience. Francis is the former Aquatic Development Manager at Hagen USA., makers of Fluval brand aquarium products. He co-stars on Nat Geo WILD's reality TV series Fish Tank Kings where he is the resident "Fish Geek" and was Director of Marketing at Living Color Aquariums. He is an avid explorer having visited over 45 countries and lived in 7. At 17, he was among the youngest aquarists ever hired by the Vancouver Aquarium, where he worked for 7 years. His aquatic biology experience ranges from larval fish rearing to the design, construction and operational management of renowned public aquariums around the world. Francis is currently head of marketing at the world's largest vertically integrated fish farming company.

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