Sammy in his tank at Atlantis, Francois Nel/Gulf News
After being confined to the tank in the hotel’s aquarium for almost 17 months a statement released by the Atlantis today said the female whale shark has been returned to the Arabian Gulf.
Full media reports on wildsingapore news.
Earlier in Feb 10, there was a report that a shark-filled aquarium in a Dubai mall had cracked open.
Keeping large marine animals in captivity for display and performance is increasingly considered poorly, often resulting in a bad public image.
The recent tragic death of a trainer at Sea World has raised the profile of this issue, with many thoughtful articles on it.
- Killer whale tragedy a wakeup call from the kent ridge common by Chen Jinwen
- Should we be keeping animals such as killer whales in captivity? Michael Mccarthy, The Independent 26 Feb 19;
- Making a whale into a killer Jed Lipinski Salon.com 28 Feb 10;
- Killer whales don’t belong inside aquariums Ed Zieralski, Union-Tribune, Sign On San Diego 27 Feb 10;
Today, SPCA added that "One can only hope, on hearing of this latest incident, that a universal review would be carried out to stamp out the insidious cruelty of capturing or breeding wild animals for human entertainment and amusement, for which ultimately some humans will pay the price, as in this case."
- Don't use wild animals for entertainment Straits Times Forum 19 Mar 10;
- Wild animals are dangerous Straits Times 5 Mar 10;
- Underwater World, other animal attractions safe Jamie Ee Wen Wei Straits Times 28 Feb 10;
It is time we realise such animals belong unmolested in the wild.
Update (24 Mar): There are rumours that the whale shark was ill before she was released or is even dead. Show us the proof of Dubai Atlantis whale shark release 7 Days 23 Mar 10;
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