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Atlantis Hotel releases Sammy the whale shark

Posted on Friday, March 19th, 2010 at 1:24 pm by

Zac Wolf, Wikimedia Commons

The Atlantis Hotel in Dubai released a whale shark, following almost a year of criticism from various environmental groups. Atlantis obtained “Sammy” after a fisherman discovered it struggling in shallow waters. According to international standards, the hotel needs a permit in order to keep the wild-caught whale shark. Although the Hotel did not provide any documentation, it claims to have freed the Whale Shark into the Persian Gulf.

The filter-feeding Whale Shark, is currently listed with the Convention on International Trade of Endangered Species, as well as on the International Union for Conservation of Nature. Known as the largest fish on the planet, the Whale Shark can measure at over 41 feet in length, and weigh more than 21 tonnes. Sammy, a juvenile female, is already 13 feet long.

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