Taipei--An animal rights group on Tuesday called for Taiwan's largest
aquarium to immediately release a whale shark in its care to prevent
physical and psychological damage, which the groups said could result from
the creature's extended captivity in a small tank.
The tank at
the National Museum of Marine Biology and Aquarium can no longer accommodate
the 6-meter-long whale shark, according to the Environment & Animal Society
of Taiwan (EAST).
Whale sharks rely on continuous movement to
breathe, which means that the one held at the museum in Pingtung would have
to swim 360 laps around its tank each day to survive, said EAST Director