IFAW Dubai: At last, Atlantis Hotel Releases Whale Shark

The Atlantis Hotel in Dubai recently announced that ‘Sammy’ a 13-foot female whale shark had been released back to the ocean after spending months in captivity. The International Fund for Animal Welfare is celebrating the news after a long-fought campaign to free the threatened shark.

Whale shark The Atlantis Hotel in Dubai recently announced that ‘Sammy’ a 13-foot female whale shark had been released back to the ocean after spending months in captivity. The International Fund for Animal Welfare is celebrating the news after a long-fought campaign to free the threatened shark.

Sammy was allegedly ‘rescued’ from shallow waters in the Persian Gulf in 2008 and placed inside a water tank in the hotel’s lobby where it swam in circles for 18 months.

“We are very pleased to hear that Sammy is now back where she belongs”, said Azzedine Downes, Vice President for IFAW. “It is doubtful that an enclosed tank of any size is large enough to allow such a fish to express its normal behavior, no matter how lifelike the artificial habitat may be.”

Whale sharks, the world’s largest living fish species, are listed as a ‘vulnerable’ in the IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) Red List with a declining population trend. The gentle, highly migratory plankton feeders are accustomed to travelling vast distances to feed, and regularly dive to 3,000 feet or more.

Comments: 4

 
Anonymous
3 years ago

i like and upport the idea

 
Anonymous
3 years ago

We fully support Ecotourism as a way to allow Whale Sharks to remain alive from man fishing We provide tours to Whale Sharks from Belize and Mexico (Holbox, Isla Mujeres, Cancun-Tulum, Cozumel)
I wish all Whale Shark Tour providers could make a society empowering us as a worldwide group to stop killing these beautiful animals.
We could also help to standardize Whale Shark interaction. For instance I do not think Whale Shark Diving will harm the animal at all but it is not allowed in Mexico so we are missing the chance to bring many divers toward this activity. If we all share our experiences we could extend the Whale Shark knowledge among the online travelers community.

 
Anonymous
4 years ago

I am scared of sharks.

 
Anonymous
4 years ago

That species of shark is beautiful. I hope she does well back where she belongs and I'm happy for her!

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