Shark Leaves Aquarium, Returned To The Wild

April 19, 2014

Yesterday [Apr 18] the Ocean Vet team of Dr Neil Burnie, Choy Aming and pilot Dylan Ward assisted the BAMZ team in seeing a Galapagos shark returned to the wild.

Dr Burnie has done this type of release for BAMZ before, with “Osborne” being released in 2012 after aggression developed between him and the large grouper in the Aquarium’s North Rock tank.

The shark —  who was beginning to get sores on its rostrum [nose] from banging up against the tank wall – was carefully removed from the tank, carried quickly across the road into a waiting oxygenated tank aboard the Ocean Vet vessel “Bones” and transported out to North Rock and released.

Choy Aming mentioned that the shark seemed quick to adapt back to the ocean he was released into, but noted that the shark circled the boat first, before swimming off into the deep blue.

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  1. Justin says:

    Great story. It is reassuring to know that the aquarium staff can recognize when an animal wants to return to its home. Are the dolphin quest staff as proficient? I have my doubts!

  2. Malachi says:

    Welcome to the real world Mr. Shark where you are going to have to work for a living!

    No more “shooting fish in a barrel”!


  3. Bermuda First says:

    Not gonna last the night. did they tag him? I doubt it

  4. After being in captivity for however long n apparently adjusted to seeing what ever it saw while in captivity n now to be released in the wild ocean blue, what do you expect that shark to do but lose the battle it must face… It’s like taking the pet rooster n putting it in the wild to fend for itself among wild roosters. Dead! Dead! Dead!
    Put it into the wild and no one can be blamed for the shark’s demise… No longer a problem for crew… Throw it back from whence it came… #shark.

    • diver says:

      apparently are knowledgeable about sharks and an expert in shark behavior both in the wild and aquarium settings?

  5. BermudaGirl says:

    The shark should not have been in captivity in the first place. My, my, my, what we do to animals in the name of….what?

    • MG says:

      ahhh what about in the name of education and inspiration? By seeing the sharks in the aquarium and learning about them could make them think again about not just killing sharks for no reason, and learn more about what sharks really are, …not just some mindless eating machines and such. Or should children only learn about sharks from what they see in Jaws inspired movies and shark attack reports…There is nothing more valuable then actually getting to see and observe a shark from up close in person behind a glass. Other then of course, actually having opportunity to swim with them safely.