I was thinking about what I should write this week and then all chaos broke loose. The day was running as planned, the routine stuff like cleaning of tanks and morning feeding was all done, the divers were finishing their last two dive feeds and suddenly...we got a call. A public member was desperately looking for someone to help a shark in distress. Some fishermen had caught a shark in their nets by mistake, removed it and left it on the beach! Now we all know that sharks breathe IN WATER not on land, they need the water. When we got there, these guys reckoned that the shark was fine and they were going to put it back in a minute. Hmmmm, I don't think so. Anyway, without further ado, we were off to the aquarium to try and save this poor animal. Unfortunately, although we tried everything, including swimming it for over 4 hours, the shark didn't make it. It was looking positive at one stage when he gave a few flicks of his tail and swam on his own for a bit, but then his muscles stiffened and he couldn't anymore.
|Photo: James Watt|
Yes, I've had a few exaggerated phone calls like the one about the stranded turtle that was the size of a car tyre and possibly a tractor tyre (He ended up being smaller than a hub cap!) but you know what, we'd rather have a mistaken identity (tortoises don't have flippers like turtles) or an exaggerated call than having an animal suffer when we could have helped so please make that call and save a life.
Thanks Sea Fans, have a great week.