Second whale shark dies at the Georgia Aquarium

This has been a really weird (read: bad) day for various reasons that I won’t bore you with. Just when I thought it couldn’t get any worse — I read in our forums that yet another whale shark — “Norton” — died today. First of all, whale sharks are some of my favorite animals on the planet, I’m awed by them and diving with them was as close to a religious experience as I’ve ever come. Second, these whale sharks are in my “backyard” — which allows me the privilege of going to see them at the Georgia Aquarium — though it’s a privilege I would happily give up given my distaste for keeping these animals in captivity. We gave a statement to CNN when the aquarium first opened that we (MarineBio) don’t agree with keeping these animals. Continue reading