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Shark

Commits Suicide

on Water Slide

12/18/2008 8:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

There's nothing quite like taking a cool trip down the water slide at the Atlantis Resort in The Bahamas, plunging into the refreshing pool at the end, and ... HOLY CRAP!! THAT'S A SHARK!


But it was all too real when hotel staff saw that one of the sharks from the famous resort aquarium had somehow jumped out of its tank and onto a nearby water slide -- where it managed to slide down into the pool.

It all went down before the pool opened Tuesday -- so nobody was in the water -- but here's where it gets tragic: A rep for the Atlantis tells TMZ the shark died a short time after swimming in the chlorinated water. Here's the heartbreaking statement:

"Yesterday morning at around 9:30 AM, prior to the resort's waterscape opening to guests, a 12+-year-old female reef shark jumped over an 18 inch wide and 1 foot high sustaining structure into the resort's Leap of Faith water slide.

The Atlantis Aquarists believe the shark was startled by an unusual circumstance that we have no way of defining completely. In the over ten years guests have experienced the Leap of Faith, the reef shark itself, harmless to humans as it is fed regularly by our staff, had shown no previous incidences of leaping out of the water in the marine habitat ...

... The habitat itself is part of the resort's open system which filters water from the Atlantic Ocean and is completely separated from the chlorinated water system on the slides. Once the shark fell onto the slide and into the chlorinated water, it was in significant distress.

The Marine Aquarium Operations team responded immediately and was able to retrieve the animal at the bottom of the slide and return the animal to the main marine habitat in an attempt to resuscitate her. Despite the team's best efforts to recover the animal, it died shortly after the occurrence.

There was no danger to our guests or staff, both of whom interact with these sharks daily in our various interactive programs (we have guests enter the shark habitat to swim and interact with the sharks in bathing attire only).

In fact, our concern was for the animal itself who defied nature to take this leap. The entire team at Atlantis is truly saddened by the loss of this animal who had resided in the Atlantis marine habitat for over ten years."
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Most People are STUPID, programmed by religion    

I wish that somehow we could use the national stimulus funds and develop a shark psychotherapy program. All of these animals are clearly in distress due to global warming and the economic situation, and it is only a matter of time before this epidemic moves to the ocean itself. This will affect commercial fishing and gas prices on a national level! Everyone please pray for these sharks! As the most sensitive animals of the sea, obviously they are feeling our global pain and screaming out for change. It's the same thing as suicide bombing, only it's shark jumping. What a horrible way to die. LMFAO!!!! Muwahahahahahahaha!

1958 days ago
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vayne    

I think "the story" isnt that a shark died...as someone stated animals including humans die everyday...Perhaps the fact that it jumped from its containment area,onto a waterslide built for humans,then slid into the humans' pool was the story....yes animals die evryday....people die everyday....but come on...how often does a shark slide down the waterslide into a pool used by people.....its actually an interesting story....imagine wading in the pool,enjoying your vacation,then you look up to see a shark ripping it down the waterslide into the pool you are currently standing in....THAT doesnt happen everyday... and to the guy who said if #2 came to their neighborhood they'd release theirs dogs on them and that PETA rocks....keep in mind that if PETA had it their way,you wouldnt be allowed to own any dogs to release...PETA manifest states that even domesticated animals such as dogs and cats shouldnt be unlawful to own...No animals at all...Peta doesnt believe in pets...actually stated they were better off dead than live as a pet....Read PETA's fine print before you say they rock

1958 days ago
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Hawkeye    

So the shark jumped itself.

2034 days ago
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INGY    

WHO REALLY CARES????? ITS A STUPID SHARK.....I SWEAR IF PETA OR ASCPA GETS ON THIS AND TALKS ABOUT FISH AND SHARK RIGHTS I AM GOING TO GO KICK A DOG OR SOMETHING JUST TO SHOW THEM HOW MORONIC THEY ARE.....WE ARE IN THE MIDDLE OF THE WORST RECESSION SINCE THE GREAT DEPRESSION AND WE ARE SUPPOSED TO CARE ABOUT ANIMALS?!!!!?!?!?!? INSANITY

2034 days ago
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BrotherBrett    

Hey #2, show a hair of compassion. Something spooked this shark badly enough to do something completely out of character with sad consequences. And since you brought it up.. "WORST RECESSION SINCE THE GREAT DEPERSSION"? Really?! Maybe if you ignore the Carter years. Remember... 21% inflation? Double-digit unemployment? The "Misery Index"? You people that just spout what Obama tells you should do your own homework and speak with some knowledge... instead of bumper-sticker logic and tag lines.

2034 days ago
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Jackie Brown    

Yeah number 2....WTF?

2034 days ago
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Your name:    

I'M A SHARK, I'M A SHAAARK, SUCK MY DIIIIICK, I'M A SHAAAAAAARK!!

2034 days ago
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my 3 cents    


On a positive note:
The Shark-burgers are fresh

2034 days ago
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Limey Louie    

Meanwhile in Dubai at the Burj Dubai Mall sharks are eatng indian tank cleaners on a regular basis as well as cannibalizing other smaller shraks....

Now that is what I call good clean fun.

1 little 2 little 3 little indians... 4 little 5 little oops...there goes one... 4little indian boys!

LOL

2034 days ago
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Randy    

#2. - You have got to be kidding, I am as sick of PETA as you apparently are, but come on...you are on TMZ and complaining about the economy. Wrong forum for your rant.

2034 days ago
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Wow    

Forget the shark. What if people had been hurt in the pool?

2034 days ago
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VIP    

INGY....YOU SHOULD BE KICKED.YOUR THE MORON...

2034 days ago
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VIP    

EVERYONE BASH NUMBER 2 FOR SUCH A STUPID COMMENT.....WAY TO GO INGY #2

2034 days ago
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Me in DC    

No. 2 - you are an ass!

2033 days ago
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FLAKEY WHITE STUFF    

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blacktip_reef_shark#Reproduction.2C_behavior.2C_and_interaction_with_humans

If they had just bothered to read the above information, they would have known Reef Sharks are known for jumping out of the water like this.

2033 days ago
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