Sharks Escape Into Mall After Tank Breaks

    December 27, 2012
    Zach Walton
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Sharks Escape Into Mall – that sounds like the perfect B-movie title, doesn’t it? Too bad Hollywood can never be as creative as reality when it comes to the kind of stories that exemplify the phrase “Truth is stranger than fiction.”

RT reports that 15 people were injured when a tank containing three lemon sharks, dozens of other fish species and turtles exploded on December 19. Those injured suffered cuts and bruises caused by the 15-centimeter thick glass. All three sharks died shortly thereafter due to a lack of oxygen. The other fish presumably died as well, but the turtles should be alright.

The aquarium was installed two years ago, so why did it suddenly break now? Some customers speculated that a sudden drop in temperature was the cause. The police are currently investigating, however, and an official cause will be forthcoming.

As for the management that built the aquarium in the first place, they said that they will not build another aquarium again. It’s obvious why after the potential for lawsuits from customers and the loss of expensive assets. Those sharks probably didn’t come cheap.

  • commonsense

    Listen to what you guys wrote “Three shark died due to lack of oxygen”. DOES THAT MAKE SENSE?? Sharks died due to lack of water. DUHHHHHH.

    • Mike

      @Commonsence (or lack thereof)- water passing through their gills (and about 700 times denser than air) that has oxygen dissolved in it supplies them with O2.

  • Mike

    Actually Mr Commonsense, fish breath oxygen, they filter water through their gills to breath oxygen.

    • Moon

      Fish breathe WATER LOCKED oxygen einstein. They can’t breath air bound oxygen

  • Grant

    Made in China. That’s why.

    @Commonsense, please read a book or two before you make a fool of yourself.

    • James

      Where does it say that the glass was made in China? What assumption would you make if it occurred in the U.S.?

      • http://XDOW.com XDOW

        yo James…this NEVER happens in America.
        Our aquariums are built to last.

  • pono

    Land Shark

    • A.Welch 1

      Terrible that the lemon sharks and fish died. Well, the turtles survived but still awful. This is why it is a bad idea to have an aquarium that large…no emergency back up plan.

  • Grant

    Another thing Commonsense, you can’t “listen” to something that’s written. Just FYI.

  • pk

    Turtles are alright!

  • Mike

    Made in China?

  • http://PaloAltoRealtyGroup.com Palo Alto Realty Group

    How thick was the glass? A tank exploding like that is usually due to a forceful hit by something. I find the camera angle highly unusual as well. Perfect timing if this was an accident.

    Next time use smaller aquariums made of polymethyl methacrylate.


  • http://PaloAltoRealtyGroup.com Palo Alto Realty Group

    Using polymethyl methacrylate would have prevented this tragedy.

    • A.Welch 1


  • Eman

    What did they do use regular glass. Idiots.

  • Charis

    Yikes! That looks quite scary. What the hell kind of glass is, well was that anyway? The sharks didn’t escape, they died so, dumb title. Yep, I imagine they have quite a few lawsuits coming their way.

  • al

    Shoddy workmanship,no doubt about it.I’ll bet they had a special sale on shark fin soup!

  • Chippy

    Sharks belong to the sea, not in the malls…