[Coral-List] 2. Re: Atlantis Dubai whale shark (SarahFrias-Torres)

Delbeek, Charles cdelbeek at calacademy.org
Fri Oct 10 20:56:40 EDT 2008

Mr. Ecott, please get your facts straight. There are currently four whale
sharks at the Georgia Aquarium. These are alive and growing very well thank
you. Please contact Dr. Bob Hueter at the Mote Marine Lab for background on
all the whale sharks that have been kept at Georgia and the research that has
been done to date which will soon be published.


J. Charles Delbeek M.Sc.

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Subject: Re: [Coral-List] 2. Re: Atlantis Dubai whale shark
regarding the whale sharks:
it is worth noting that contrary to what was reported earlier: the Georgia
aquarium has not successfully kept two whale sharks alive. they BOTH DIED.
also they were not captured off Indonesia but in Taiwan and there is some
controversy over whether they were 'rescued' from fishermen or 'caught to
order'. Whalesharks almost never survive in captivity - there is one aquarium
in japan which has managed to keep successive specimens alive.
in the case of the Dubai whaleshark which was allegedly 'rescued' by
Atlantis, it is worth noting that the rescue coincided with the opening of
the Atlantis Palm resort and the hotel pr team has got itself in a real
muddle over whether or not the shark will be released at some future date.
the chances of any useful 'research' originating from this capture are, in my
humble view. very very limited.Tim Ecott is the author of Neutral Buoyancy:
Adventures in a Liquid World (Penguin) and 

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