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Taiwan ARAs Urges Aquarium to Release Whale Shark

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 Chen Yu-min.

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