Aquarium announces death of captive whale shark

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On November 27, the Georgia Aquarium announced the death of a captive whale shark named Trixie. The aquarium’s announcement indicates that the whale shark declined rapidly:

We are saddened to say our largest female whale shark, Trixie, passed away today, November 27. She was having difficulty navigating the habitat earlier in the day and then her health rapidly declined.

The aquarium stated that “exhaustive veterinary and animal care efforts” were made, to no avail. Trixie had been held at the aquarium since 2006 and she “contributed enormously” to the aquarium’s understanding of whale sharks and their care. Whale sharks are the largest known extant fish species, and they can reach a length of 48 feet. Whale sharks live in tropical waters and are considered to be endangered; Trixie was imported to the aquarium from Taipei, Taiwan.

The aquarium mourns her loss, writing:

Loss is inevitable, but that does not make it any less painful. We are so proud to have been stewards of her care for 15 years. We will miss you, Trixie.

(Stock image of whale shark via Pixabay)

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