It is with heavy hearts that we announce that the larger of our two Great Hammerhead sharks died Wednesday after a diagnostic medical procedure.
There had been ongoing concerns about this shark’s health over the last several weeks, so on Wednesday our staff made the decision to perform some medical examinations in order to diagnose and help treat him.
Unfortunately, due to complications associated with the procedure, and despite tremendous efforts by our biologists and veterinary staff to do everything possible to save his life, he was unable to recover.
The Great Hammerhead first arrived at Adventure Aquarium in 2008 and soon held the distinction as being the only animal of its kind on exhibit in the country. Great Hammerheads are exceedingly rare in zoo or aquarium environments because of requirements for exhibition and transport challenges. In 2012, Adventure Aquarium welcomed a second, younger Great Hammerhead to the Ocean Realm exhibit, who is currently thriving and in great health.
“While we are all deeply saddened by this loss, we are grateful for the time we had with this extraordinary animal – for what we’ve learned about Great Hammerhead behavior; and the knowledge and experience gained from housing such a rarely-exhibited species,” said Adventure Husbandry Director Marc Kind. “This Great Hammerhead’s contribution to the public’s education of this endangered species will ensure that his legacy continues well into the future.”