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Old Feb 12th 2009, 10:42 am
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I never knew they had an 'endangered' species held up there, bloody disgusting!!

Dubai: The world has not forgotten. Sammy the whale shark and his gilded captivity still matters. Organisations have added momentum to Gulf News' 'Free Sammy' campaign with an open letter appealing for the release of the animal.

Sammy has now been in captivity for over 160 days. The campaign was wound down on January 16 with a final call to "not let the whale shark be forgotten".

Lisa Shrake Perry, programme manager for EWS-WWF (Emirates Wildlife Society in association with the World Wide Fund for Nature), said: "Since the beginning [September], we have given interviews and called for the whale shark to be released. But, our messages were never returned by Atlantis.

"So, we thought we would collectively write a letter signed by national and international organisations, so they understand that there is a lot of weight to it."

The signatures include representation from the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW), Emirates Environmental Group (EEG) and EWS-WWF.

The open letter states that the whale shark is a "threatened species" and explains that taking an animal, which is a potential breeder out of its natural habitat further weakens the whale shark population.
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I never knew they had an 'endangered' species held up there, bloody disgusting!!


but wouldn't it be nice to protect it?
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Old Feb 12th 2009, 10:51 am
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but wouldn't it be nice to protect it?
No!!!

He is not protected in there, he cannot survive, he will die in that tank, it is not big enough, therefore it is not protection it is a death sentance!

And even if it were protection, he is endangered meaning that by him being in there, he will not be able to mate and have offspring to keep the species alive, so really by protecting him increases the chances of wiping out an entire species!!

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I never knew they had an 'endangered' species held up there, bloody disgusting!!
Can it wait until I have taken the kids there a few times next week ?
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I agrre free SAMMY ! I havnt been & wouldnt go to Atlantis anyway
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Originally Posted by Bison View Post
I never knew they had an 'endangered' species held up there, bloody disgusting!!
Not that endangered though is it? To maintain a healthy population in terms of genetic diversity you need approx. 300 individuals (150 breeding pairs) .

Edit: And didn't Gulf news say it was going to be put back once tagged and observed by naturalists?
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For once I thought I read "Free Sammy Davis!"
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Default Re: Free Sammy The Whale Shark!! - Boycott Atlantis

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No!!!

He is not protected in there, he cannot survive, he will die in that tank, it is not big enough, therefore it is not protection it is a death sentance!

And even if it were protection, he is endangered meaning that by him being in there, he will not be able to mate and have offspring to keep the species alive, so really by protecting him increases the chances of wiping out an entire species!!

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He is a she and thats why its important she is released plus all the rest.
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they would probably just eat his/her fins here
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I never knew they had an 'endangered' species held up there, bloody disgusting!!
That's a new Nigerian scam that's going on since 4-5 months now...
Don't give them your banking details...
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No!!!

He is not protected in there, he cannot survive, he will die in that tank, it is not big enough, therefore it is not protection it is a death sentance!

And even if it were protection, he is endangered meaning that by him being in there, he will not be able to mate and have offspring to keep the species alive, so really by protecting him increases the chances of wiping out an entire species!!

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Yea but the problem is that whale sharks don't care who they mate with.

They even marry their own cousins and all that..........
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Like the welsh.....
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Good thread. As a SCUBA diver, it broke my heart to see Sammy in the Atlantis aquarium.

For BE members also on FB, please join this group:

Set The Whale Shark Free From The Atlantis Aquarium Dubai.

...over 22,000 members now and keeping up the pressure to free him!
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Good thread. As a SCUBA diver, it broke my heart to see Sammy in the Atlantis aquarium.

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Set The Whale Shark Free From The Atlantis Aquarium Dubai.

...over 22,000 members now and keeping up the pressure to free him!
It's all futile...Unless the government does something about it, he/it will be a resident for a while there...
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Maybe if the government was persuaded that having a whale shark in captivity was bad for Dubai's image they might do something about it.

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