There are so much exciting things to do in a theme park, you can go on rollercoaster rides, travel within the Disney castle, look at different museums and displays or you can look at a giant shark carcass in a tank of formaldehyde.
A whole decaying carcass just sitting inside a tank.
It isn’t something that can scare you with its giant teeth or swim right up to your nose but it’s still very eerie and creepy. But what is the shark doing in an abandoned theme park?
According to Vice, the shark was caught in 1998 off the coast of South Australia and was initially preserved for display at a Victorian ecotourism center devoted to fur seals.
Unfortunately, the center was too ambitious and soon ran out of funds, this led to the owners to scrap their plans to expand the center to showcase more marine life and ended up closing down the center.
Vice added that the closure of the center left the shark and other ocean life without a suitable home. Its then-owner then temporarily rehoused the shark in a small wildlife park that was devoted to the preservation of the Giant Gippsland Earthworm.
The earthworm park was sold in 2003, along with the shark, which was supposed to be only “temporarily” rehoused. The shark’s original owner suggested that it should be donated to the Melbourne Museum, but the new management did not go through with the suggestion.
A YouTuber recently visited the park, claiming that it was officially closed in 2012 because the owners couldn’t get a license to showcase the marine animals.
Apparently, after people found out about the shark in the abandoned park, people mistreated the carcass and nearly destroyed it.
There’s a video floating around of someone throwing a TV into the tank and using a hammer to try and smash the glass.
The U.S. government’s Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry says formaldehyde can cause ‘general damage to the central nervous system, such as the increased prevalence of headache, depression, mood changes, insomnia, irritability, attention deficit, and impairment of dexterity, memory, and equilibrium’.
With the continuous vandalism happening to the tank someone might get seriously injured and the eerie specimen may disappear forever.
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