Most people have either had a pet or had a pet. Sometimes they are normal pets like dogs and cats. Others have pets like geckos and snakes. And sure there are many varieties of fish. BUT…
What about sharks?
Sure, there are small sharks that can live among fish in a home aquarium, but in this case, one person had up to a dozen sharks in a 15 foot above ground pool. Baby leopard sharks, hammerheads and sandbar sharks were found in a New York home. Yes, inside the home…in the basement. Unfortunately, a number of the sharks found were dead.
The New York Department of Environment Conservation had suspected this homeowner of harboring illegal animals and decided to investigate.
— NYSDEC (@NYSDEC) September 7, 2017
— CBS News (@CBSNews) September 8, 2017
After the investigation the department had the animals transported to the Long Island Aquarium in Riverhead where they will be kept for observation and placed in protection. Some may be released back to the wild, but considering that sandbar sharks on the endangered species list, this find is even more important that they are cared for properly and NOT in a basement pool, where they were found “not in good health”.
We are caring for the sharks that were seized from a NY home. They are being taken care of and will be quarantined until perfectly healthy. pic.twitter.com/IdHW9mkvpH
— Long Island Aquarium (@LIaquarium) September 7, 2017
This isn’t the first time that the Long Island Aquarium has taken in illegally owned animals, back in 2002, they helped to house African penguins, after they were found being smuggled in from JFK airport.
What is wrong with people?