Dubai hotel releases whale shark back into wild


Associated Press
March 18, 2010 5:54PM (UTC)

A resort hotel on Dubai's main palm-shaped island says it has released back into the wild a whale shark whose captivity had been criticized by environmentalists.

The Atlantis hotel on the city-state's manmade Palm Jumeirah island said Thursday it released the 13-foot-long female shark back into the Persian Gulf. It says the shark has been tagged so it can be tracked for research purposes.

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The hotel did not say when the shark was released. A spokeswoman could not be reached for comment.

Environmentalists and a local newspaper began calling for the shark's release shortly after the hotel announced it had rescued it from the shallow waters off Dubai's coast in 2008.

Whale sharks are considered a threatened species.


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