4 sharks found dead at popular Galveston aquarium
GALVESTON, Texas (AP) - Officials say four sharks on display at
Galveston's Moody Gardens aquarium have died after the ozone level
in the water spiked.
Divers at Moody Gardens Aquarium tried for almost an hour
yesterday to revive two of the sharks by injecting them with
steroids before declaring them dead with the other pair. Moody
Gardens spokeswoman Jerri Hamachek says no other aquarium animals
Ozone is pumped into the tank to kill bacteria and parasites and
to clarify the water, but aquarium staff members are unsure why the
ozone levels rose to dangerous levels. Hamachek says this is the
first time this issue has come up in the nine years the exhibit's
Two blacktip sharks from the Gulf of Mexico were among the dead
fish, along with an Atlantic sharpnose shark and a blacknose shark.