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

William Allison allison.billiam at gmail.com
Sat Oct 11 13:29:14 EDT 2008

Dear Tim,

Please substantiate the allegations made in the first paragraph.



On Fri, Oct 10, 2008 at 5:58 AM, tim ecott <timecott at hotmail.com> wrote:

> 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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