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Whale Sharks live for up to 120 years in the wild, but a recent Japanese study showed that in captivity their average lifespan is about 502 days. At the Georgia Aquarium, a whale shark died earlier this year when his … Read More

By / March 29, 2007
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Whale Sharks live for up to 120 years in the wild, but a recent Japanese study showed that in captivity their average lifespan is about 502 days.

At the Georgia Aquarium, a whale shark died earlier this year when his stomach was punctured by feeding tubes used because the shark had stopped eating, according to the NewYork Times:

“Findings show that Ralph’s stomach appeared abnormal, because it was thin-walled and perforated,” Jeff Swanagan, the executive director of the aquarium, said in a news release. “This likely caused peritonitis which led to Ralph’s death.”

[...]Though he [Dr. Robert Hueter] cautioned that it was impossible to know for sure what caused the punctures, he added, “the only thing that came out of that discussion was looking at the force-feeding method and looking at the tube.” He said the panel recommended using tubes with more rounded ends in the future to prevent injuries.

 

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