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NEWPORT, KY (FOX19) -
The Newport Aquarium announced Tuesday on Facebook that its new shark ray has died.
"We are heartbroken to announce that our newest Shark Ray died Monday evening. She succumbed to bleeding from an internal wound received during an apparent mating attempt by one of the male Shark Rays. Despite extraordinary efforts by our veterinary staff and marine biologists, she did not survive," the statement read.
"They found her early Monday
morning. She was laying on her side, not a normal behavior for her at
all," said Dan Hagley tells FOX19, area supervisor of fish and invertebrates at the Newport
Hagley says situations like this
are not common.
"Breeding in sharks is
fairly aggressive. The males grab hold of the females, push the females
around. It was definitely a very rare occurrence for something like this
to happen," added Hagley.
The new shark ray joined the aquarium last week, joining Sweat Pea, Scooter, Spike and Sunshine in the 385,000-gallon shark tank.
According to the Aquarium, the new shark ray was born in the waters off Taiwan. She was more than seven feet long and weighed about 250 pounds.
You do everything you can, and something like this that you can't prevent. You
can't foresee. It's just a rare occurrence. It's just a sad day,"
Hagley says there are some
positives from this negative situation. He says they'll continue their
breeding efforts with the shark rays, and try to learn as much as they can
about the animals from what happened.