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Newport Aquarium’s newest shark ray dies

Jul. 23, 2013 @ 07:00 PM

NEWPORT, Ky. — A shark ray who was just added to the Newport Aquarium’s exhibit last week has died.

Aquarium General Curator Mark Dvornak said that the female shark ray died Monday of internal bleeding. He says she was probably injured by a male shark ray trying to mate with her.

The shark ray’s age was estimated at 6 years. She was introduced to the exhibit last Wednesday, joining four other shark rays in the 385,000-gallon exhibit. She was collected from the waters surrounding Taiwan.

Dvornak said an ultrasound performed after staff members noticed the shark ray wasn’t functioning well in the water showed the injury and bleeding.

The new shark ray hadn’t yet been named when she died.