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Shark Commits Suicide on Water Slide

A shark at at the Atlantis Resort in The Bahamas jumped out of its seawater enclosure onto a nearby water slide and slid down into the swimming pool! No one was in the pool Tuesday morning when it happened.
"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 aquarium staff immediately retrieved the shark from the pool, but the chlorinated water had already poisoned the fish. She died shortly after. Link -via Simply Left Behind

Hey I've been there before!

But yeah, I really doubt the shark was actually trying to kill herself. The tanks there are enormous and it was fed regularly.
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From the pictures, it really doesn't seem like the wall was that high... she probably just got startled or was really interested and accidentally jumped into the slide. That's too bad though, poor thing.
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aside from other explanations it might be possibel that it had it's beady eyes on the tasty feasts going in and out of the pool.
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Chlorine can be pretty deadly, and chlorinated water moreso to something that breathes through gills.

I think a shark could survive a bout of fresh water for a while if put back into salt water. I believe the death was in fact casued by chlorine poisoning.
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As already hinted at, the 'suicide' post title overstates the incident a bit. I mean, we do not call auto accidents suicides.

But it makes for a 'tastier post' (there and here) ... so what the h3ll.

...tom...
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she's been watching everyone have fun slidding down laughing and screaming...it was now her turn,at least she waited til no one was around! RIP sharky!
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We all have heard of whales that beach themselves and die. Alot of whales that are held in captivity die. Perhaps this shark wanted out of its prison and gave it's life trying. Something to think about.
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It was likely the chlorine, not fresh water, that killed it. That, along with an inadequate enclosure.

Sharks have been known to swim up freshwater rivers and streams, no problem.

Just look up the Jersey Shore attacks from 1916 that inspired the Jaws movies - the final attacks were in fresh water - Matawan Creek, 30 miles inland. 2 dead, one severely injured.
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I think the title of this story is not funny or even a little amusing. I think it is irresponsible to even suggest it. Now, on the other hand - the comments are amusing
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How do they know the shark committed suicide? Couldn't it have been an accidental death? Did the shark willingly jump into the tank knowing that it would result in it's death? Had she been depressed lately? Did she leave a note??
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Reminds me off the tiger incident last year. Remember the one where several people got mauled (1 died) and it turned out (after a lot of denial) that the exhibit wall wasn't high enough? An 18 inch wide and 1 foot high sustaining structure between a shark exhibit and a waterslide... This could have ended up a lot worse.
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Dara -
"Sharks have been known to swim up freshwater rivers and streams, no problem."

I believe only the Bull Shark is capable of breathing BOTH salt and freshwater. This shark was a reef shark.

There are a few species of sharks in Kenya that are "Freshwater" sharks. I don't know if they can handle salt water though.
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"Shark commits suicide"-- now I have heard it all. Maybe it committed suicide because of the economic crisis, it's Christmas and could not buy gifts, perhaps it lost its house. Yeah that's it, it lost its way from its house and by accident landed on a water slide.
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Shark indeed is very tasty! If you are a seafood conseign(sp) Sometimes we are eating shark,and we don't even know it.
Poor thing...she probably thought she could escape by jumping into the water next to her...she had been plotting for awhile...and she went when she had her chance...good girl!
she will be missed.
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BREAKING NEWS!!!
This News team had uncovered Evidance that shows the shark may not have jumped. DNA experts have recovered samples that may show the shark was PUSHED!
Witnesses say the shark had incrimminating information on a High Ranking GOVERMENT offical! more to come as this story unfolds
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@ D for # 6- read the article again and rethimk this statement: "aside from other explanations it might be possibel that it had it’s beady eyes on the tasty feasts going in and out of the pool."
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I find it to be most interesting how a shark, which lives in water, can be killed by chlorinated water, and at the same time, our governmental "know-it-alls" say us humans have to have chlorine in the same water we drink. Is it me, or what???
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Are you guys serious you are debating over a single sharks death....seriously. What has the world come to when one single shark death makes such an impact in the news.
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Marine fish that are subject to fresh water basically there cell structure explodes. Same vice cersa. Sometimes when trying to save a fish that is infected with some type of parasite this procedure will be used. If done when the fish is to far gone, of incorrectly yes it will kill the fish. But I agree the chlorine probably had alot to do with it. I have also been there, and the chlorine levels at that slide are probably the max allowed. Just like the sign at my pool in the back yard says. Notice the is no P in our OOL please keep it that way. But all jokes aside it was a tragedy, 2 fold, that it happened, and that the shark was there in the first place.
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Maybe the shark thought the munchies were tastier in the other pool? It should have learned it's lesson from the speculators that upgrades aren't always sustainable.
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u no wat, i think that the shark was angry about econmic crisis. After the DOW started to go down, he just decided to end all his troubles.........

just a warning to all those in trouble!
SEE A SOMEONE SO YOU DONT END UP LIKE HER!
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As the saying goes,
Water is always bluer on the other side.
Why did the shark cross the slide?
To get to the food on the other side.
I believe the shark wanted to hunt its
food not be fed.
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