Mall Aquarium in Dubai leaks after crackPosted on Thursday, February 25th, 2010 at 6:43 pm by Reef Tools
A 2.6 million gallon aquarium at a mall in Dubai springs a leak. The aquarium, which features the world’s single largest acrylic pane (2.5 feet), was reported to have sprung a leak in a glass panel. Visitors began feeling as water poured out from the crack in this large aquarium which houses more than 33,000 fish, including numerous sharks. Security evacuated immediately following the incident. The chairman of Emaar, the mall’s developer, claimed that there was no leak, and in fact an “operating device” cause the overflow.
It took the work of six diver, with the assistance of other workers on the outside, to stop the water from flowing out. The crack was actually in an interior viewing tunnel, rather then the enormous viewing panel. Jokes around the Internet about inexpensive shark steaks began to appear quickly following the break of this story.