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Old 12-17-2003, 10:12 PM   #11
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It's really a tragic loss. Those who work directly with these creatures have to be completely devastated ...
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For anyone interested, here is an update that was posted on another forum ... pulled off the wire just a bit ago :

"Fire aftermath

18-12-2003
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Taking stock: Marine biologists and museum officials will begin rescue and recovery operations for rare fish varieties at the gutted Oceanarium.

The 200-kilo lumpfish that has long been the trademark and star attraction of the North Sea Museum aquarium did not survive Tuesday's catastrophic fire at the aquarium.

On Wednesday afternoon, the North Sea Museum, Hirtshals Council, and area police and fire officials began the grim task of taking stock after the fire, which raged uncontrolled for six hours on Tuesday, destroying the 4.5 million-liter Oceanarium, Europe's largest aquarium for cold saltwater fish.

The fire cut across the aquarium's 42 centimeter-thick glass, causing water to leak from the tank ever since Tuesday evening. Later this morning, Oceanarium's water level is expected to dip below the 1.5 meter-point, allowing biologists to enter and move any surviving fish.

Biologists are hoping to save the large, valuable species, including sharks, mackerel, and lumpsucker.

But even if the large lumpfish, which was particularly popular among children, had survived the high temperatures and falling water levels as a result of the blaze, the fish would not have been able to be moved to a temporary tank, due to its large size.
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Thanks for the update, Cindy.
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