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<div class="quote-block">Whale shark's death a second blow to Georgia Aquarium<br><br>
POSTED: 9:38 a.m. EST, January 12, 2007<br><br>
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Ralph stopped swimming and received treatment before dying hours later<br><br>
Georgia Aquarium is only facility outside Asia to display world's largest fish<br><br>
Aquarium euthanized ill beluga whale Gasper earlier this month<br><br><br><br>
ATLANTA, Georgia (CNN) -- Ralph, one of four rescued whale sharks at the Georgia Aquarium, died Thursday after he apparently fell ill, the aquarium said.<br><br><br><br>
The whale shark is the second popular animal to die at the aquarium in a nine-day period.<br><br><br><br>
"The entire staff is saddened by what has happened today," said Jeff Swanagan, the aquarium's executive director, in a written statement posted on the facility's Web site. (Watch Ralph before he died and how the staff responded Video)<br><br><br><br>
Thursday afternoon, Ralph stopped swimming, the aquarium said, and the facility's husbandry and veterinary team "administered immediate care" to him before he died at 9:30 p.m. No cause of death was announced.<br><br><br><br>
The staff recently had been concerned about the 22-foot-long whale shark because of his swimming patterns and because he had lost his appetite, the statement said.</div>
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The rest, along with a video: <a href="http://www.cnn.com/2007/TECH/science/01/11/aquarium.death/index.html" target="_blank">http://www.cnn.com/2007/TECH/science...ath/index.html</a>
 

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I was rather disappointed by the director's tone toward the "harvesting" (his term) of whale sharks for meat. He actually praised the whale shark fishers.
 
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