Shark which became tourist attraction dies

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22 August 2007, MADRID - A 2-meter (7-foot) shark that had become a regular tourist attraction at a Spanish beach died Wednesday, two days after it was taken to the Barcelona Aquarium.

22 August 2007

MADRID -  A 2-meter (7-foot) shark that had become a regular tourist attraction at a Spanish beach died Wednesday, two days after it was taken to the Barcelona Aquarium.

Biologists had said they had not expected the female sandbar shark to survive because it stopped swimming after being brought to the aquarium on Monday and needed help from divers to keep moving, and thus breathing.

An autopsy will be carried out to determine the cause of death, the aquarium said in a statement.

Biologists captured the 90-kilo (200-lb) fish Monday in knee-high water at a beach called Miracle in northeast Tarragona province, grabbing it with their bare hands and dragging it ashore.

The shark first turned up early last week and became a novelty by swimming regularly into plain view in very shallow water. Authorities closed the beach to swimmers.

After the shark was taken to the aquarium, biologists determined its dorsal fin had been punctured by a harpoon and that it had some kind of internal problem, possibly from swallowing an object.

[Copyright AP with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news

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