Carcass of great white shark abandoned for years in wildlife park finds a new home
The shark was found floating in a tank full of formaldehyde, which is a chemical used to help preserve dead bodies, in the abandoned park which has now been taken over by squatters
A dead Great White Shark called Rosie whose carcass was abandoned in an aquarium has finally been given a new home. The dead shark was discovered late last year by an urban explorer called Luke McPherson. After months of her fate hanging in the balance, Crystal World and Prehistoric Journeys in Meadows has come to Rosie’s rescue.
Rosie was discovered inside the Wildlife Wonderland Park located in Bass which is south of Melbourne. The shark was found floating in a tank full of formaldehyde, which is a chemical used to help preserve dead bodies, in the abandoned park which has now been taken over by squatters.
Inside one of the buildings, all one can see is scattered litter, broken furniture, as well as old appliances. The tank where the five-meter shark was found is in an almost pitch black shed. Some locals even attempted to break into the park and try and see the shark for themselves.
Some of Rosie's supporters were extremely worried about her preserved remains and the damage they would suffer at the hands of hooligans. They campaigned to have her body removed from the tank safely and also started a GoFundMe page for the same. Rosie was found dead in the year 1998 caught in tuna fishing nets in South Australia and had been preserved in the park ever since.
As reported by Daily Mail, the park was reportedly closed down in 2012 by the Department of Sustainability and Environment. It was supposedly shut down due to offenses against wildlife and for not having a license to display any of the animals to the public.
The park's operator was unable to secure a license to run the park and was then subsequently evicted. The owner was forced to hand over all wildlife to the RSPCA and the Department of Sustainability.
However, a new home was not found for the shark who remained in the abandoned aquarium. As reported by Unilad, an employee of Crystal World and Prehistoric Journeys Shane McAlister shared that vandals were able to remove the top of the tank and threw garbage into the tank. "It’s a remarkable thing, for starters with all the vandalism and everything that has happened to the actual wildlife park and to Rosie’s tank," Shane shared.
"I had to go down there [to the wildlife park] and do a patrol and make sure no delinquents were going to vandal Rosie’s tank any further. To bring her back and actually put her on show for people is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to do this, and I’m just very blessed and proud to be a part of it," he continued.
The shark was discovered when a group of trespassers decided to explore the sanctuary and shared their findings on YouTube last year in November. The pair of explorers were allegedly confronted by the smell of possum feces when they entered the property and that's when they stumbled across the tank filled with murky green water.