Friday, January 12, 2007

US 'celebrity' whale shark dies

Ralph the whale shark, an attraction at Georgia Aquarium in the US, has died.
Ralph, one of four whale sharks in the Atlanta aquarium, had not been eating well and had been showing unusual swimming patterns.

The 22 foot long fish was only "a teenager", and the cause of his death was not immediately known.

Ralph arrived at the aquarium in 2005 from Taiwan, where he had faced becoming seafood.

The aquarium, said to be the world's largest, houses more than 100,000 specimens. Whale sharks are the world's largest fish, growing up to 50ft long.

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