Thursday, December 18, 2008

Nothing to do with GH but Had to

From TMZ:

"But it was all too real when hotel staff saw that one of the sharks from
the famous resort aquarium had somehow jumped out of its tank and onto a nearby
water slide -- where it managed to slide down into the pool. It all went down
before the pool opened Tuesday -- so nobody was in the water -- but here's where
it gets tragic: A rep for the Atlantis tells TMZ the shark died a short time
after swimming in the chlorinated water. Here's the heartbreaking statement:
"Yesterday morning at around 9:30 AM, prior to the resort's waterscape opening
to guests, a 12+-year-old female reef shark jumped over an 18 inch wide and 1
foot high sustaining structure into the resort's Leap of Faith water slide. The
Atlantis Aquarists believe the shark was startled by an unusual circumstance
that we have no way of defining completely. In the over ten years guests have
experienced the Leap of Faith, the reef shark itself, harmless to humans as it
is fed regularly by our staff, had shown no previous incidences of leaping out
of the water in the marine habitat ...... The
habitat itself is part of the resort's open system which filters water from the
Atlantic Ocean and is completely separated from the chlorinated water system on
the slides. Once the shark fell onto the slide and into the chlorinated water,
it was in significant distress. The Marine Aquarium Operations team responded
immediately and was able to retrieve the animal at the bottom of the slide and
return the animal to the main marine habitat in an attempt to resuscitate her.
Despite the team's best efforts to recover the animal, it died shortly after the
occurrence. There was no danger to our guests or staff, both of whom interact
with these sharks daily in our various interactive programs (we have guests
enter the shark habitat to swim and interact with the sharks in bathing attire
only). In fact, our concern was for the animal itself who defied nature to take
this leap. The entire team at Atlantis is truly saddened by the loss of this
animal who had resided in the Atlantis marine habitat for over ten years."

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