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posted : November 21, 2008 Post subject: Whaleshark in captivity in Dubai
I am appalled that a whaleshark caught in September still remains in captivity at Atlantis Hotel, Dubai. These animals are totally unsuitable for aquariums and none has ever been kept successfully in captivity. They are highly migratory and roam over great distances.

Whalesharks are protected by Appendix II of the Convention for Migratory Species (CMS) and Appendix II of the Convention for International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES). Appendix II of CMS requires parties to cooperate to develop arrangements aimed at the protection and conservation of species listed on it such as the whale shark. This is not compatible with keeping this animal in captivity.

Rashid Ahmed bin Fahad of the Ministry of Environment and Water, previously stated that the whale shark would be released but this has not happened and no date for release has been given. Tourism in Dubai is likely to be adversely affected by a negative international media campaign initiated by conservation and recreational diving interests. I strongly urge divers to use their influence to ensure that this whaleshark is released very soon.

The Dubai Department of Tourism and Commerce can be emailed at

or alternatively their contact form can be used at

Contact the UAE Ministry of Environment and Water (minister H.E. Dr.Mohammed Saeed Alkindi) at

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