28 September 2008

What happens when you put a lot of sharks in a tank?

Decimation. "More than ten percent of the sharks in Dubai Aquarium's 10 million-litre aquarium have been killed in attacks that have marred the build-up to its grand opening on Oct 30. Sand Tiger sharks have killed at least 40 smaller reef sharks and been aggressive towards divers working on final preparations in the giant tank."

And what else is happening? MORE sharks are being added to this aquarium.

more extracts from Sharks attack each other in world's biggest aquarium in Dubai
Shark fights in one of the world's biggest aquariums are threatening the opening celebrations of Dubai's flagship new mall.
Richard Alleyne, The Telegraph 26 Sep 08;
The aquarium features the world's single largest school of sharks and the world's largest viewing platform.

A total of 85 species is represented, with over 400 sharks and rays considered the main attraction.

But the concentration of such a large number of sharks in a relatively small space has led to what some might have considered predictable problems for the Dubai Mall's management.

General manager Yousuf Al Ali admitted the world's most feared ocean predator had caused teething problems.

"It is inevitable that aquatic species die – sometimes out of natural causes or out of injuries inflicted by bigger fish species," he said.

"Sand Tiger sharks, by nature, are fish-eating. However, all sharks and other animals in the Dubai Aquarium & Discovery Centre at The Dubai Mall are currently on a monitored feeding schedule in order to subdue their naturally opportunistic behaviour and appetite."

And from Newport Aquarium Sends Sharks to Dubai Aquarium
local12.com 28 Sep 08;
The Newport Aquarium is packing up 11 nurse sharks and sending them overseas. The sharks are going to an aquarium in the largest mall in the world in Dubai.

All the animals were acquired from or donated by pet stores or home hobbyists who could no longer properly care for the sharks. Newport Aquarium officials have overseen the care of the animals for more than three years at its auxiliary warehouse location in Newport. The sharks were on display at one time at the Aquarium but were moved out to make room for other species.

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