Alice, the long-time whale shark at Georgia Aquarium passed away. A change was noticed in her behavior and bloodwork that caused a deterioration in condition to become more severe over time until it became clear she would not recover humanely so they decided for euthanasia on Sunday night. Alice arrived from Taiwan back when she had been destined for the seafood market as a rescue after being found floating offshore there six years ago by Taiwanese fishermen who sent video footage of their catch with an unusually large fish to aquariums worldwide.
The Georgia Aquarium's longest-tenured whale shark, Alice passed away this Sunday. The team noticed changes in her behavior and bloodwork so they started doing some tests to figure out what was going on with her. Despite several life-saving measures she did not improve then all of a sudden she got worse and died from an illness that is still unknown according to the aquarium staff who spoke about it today at noon during their regular "Reef Talk" program."
The aquarium mourned the death of its longest-tenured whale shark, Alice. The team noticed changes in her behavior and bloodwork before she passed away on Sunday due to an illness that could not be cured with routine monitoring or preventative healthcare.
After 15 years of living in the aquarium, Alice was euthanized. She had become a valuable member of her community and contributed greatly with new research about whale sharks that we didn't know before!
A necropsy will be performed to understand what leads to Alice's sickness. This is important information for aquarium experts who are trying to better care and protect whale sharks while they're still alive, as well as after their death when the corpse may give further insight into why these whales suffer from so many health ailments.
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