Preserved Great White Shark Found in Abandoned Australian Wildlife Park

PetMD Editorial
Published: February 13, 2019
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A deceased great white shark was found floating in formaldehyde in an abandoned wildlife park that closed in 2012 in Melbourne, Australia.

According to VICE, the shark was caught in 1998 off the South Australian coast. It was then preserved for display at a Victorian ecotourism center devoted to fur seals. When that facility closed, the shark was rehomed to a wildlife park that “was devoted to the preservation of the Giant Gippsland Earthworm,” according to the outlet.

Many owners and operators later, the venue eventually closed in 2012 “for displaying wildlife without a permit,” according to VICE. The park and the nonliving attractions were left behind and are still there to this day.

Newshub reports that the animals from the park were voluntarily surrendered to the RSPCA with the exception of the preserved shark.

A video was recently uploaded to Youtube by user MC Lukie that explores the abandoned park, and you can see the shark floating in its tank next to a sign that reads “Mysterious Shark.”

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