Whale shark dies at Jeju Aquarium; Second shark to be set free

Rendition of whale sharks at Aqua Planet Jeju.

In a clear attempt to replicate the success of Okinawa’s popular whale shark tank, Aqua Planet had grand plans to stock their massive 23 x 8.5 meter (75 x 28 ft) main display aquarium with whale sharks, rays, and large schools of fish.

Unfortunately, things did not go according to plan when a 16 foot (4.9 meter) whale shark suddenly stopped feeding and died on August 19, 2012.

Aqua Planet states: ““We admit a lack of proper preparations [for sustaining whale sharks in captivity] and we regret causing concern among the people.”  Under public pressure, aquarium officials have now decided to release the second whale shark back to the sea. Aquarium officials claim both CITES-protected whale sharks were unintentionally captured by fishermen nets.

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