Just two weeks ago I wrote about the death of “Ralph”, one of the star attractions of the Georgia Aquarium, as two new whale sharks were being introduced to the crowded habitat. Now a second whale shark, “Norton”, has died. Norton seems to have suffered in a manner similar to Ralph, his health declining as he refused to eat (I wonder if they force-fed him with a PVC pipe, too). I seriously don’t know how an aquarium irresponsible enough to cram so many whale sharks in one tank could be allowed to introduce more, and I seriously hope that they will be blocked from obtaining any more animals. They aren’t helping preserve the species, despite their platitudes about starting a breeding program; the whales sharks are there to make people money, and now two of these rare animals have died so someone’s pockets could be a little heavier. Absolutely disgusting.
GA Aquarium suffers 2nd Whale Shark Death13 06 2007