Luke McPherson filmed a spooky video from the Wildlife Wonderland Park in Victoria, Australia, before the shark was moved to a new location after being abandoned since the site was closed
Image: RosieTheShark / Facebook)
Photos by an urban researcher have revealed the inside of an abandoned zoo that once housed the remains of a great white shark that swam in a tank of formaldehyde.
Luke McPherson shot a spooky video of the Wildlife Wonderland Park in Victoria, Australia before the shark was moved to a new location after abandoning it since the site closed.
The reserve was allegedly Closed in 2012 by the Ministry of Sustainability and Environment due to animal welfare concerns.
He said, “When I got the light behind the tank, I thought, ‘wow, that’s scary’!”
“The fumes were so bad that you couldn’t stand in this room for more than a minute, the formaldehyde must have evaporated.
“The tank was huge and in bad shape, with a rusty metal frame and broken glass and garbage thrown in.”
The shark was housed at the local Australian company Crystal World and Prehistoric Journey in February 2019. A short time before, a spokesman for the Victoria Environmental Protection Agency said: “The EPA knows the shark and the aquarium and does not consider them dangerous. ”
The agency says it “gave advice to the owner on how to properly dispose of the items”.
At the time, a Crystal World employee, Shane McAlister, told the story The post : “Bringing them back and actually showing them to people is a once in a lifetime opportunity to do so, and I am just very blessed and proud to be a part of it.”
Trent Hooper, who founded the Save Rosie the Shark Facebook page, also added his joy.
“It was about to be destroyed and thrown away,” he said.
“It’s such a great result. Australia teamed up to save Rosie and make her an forever home in the Crystal World.”
Rosie is believed to have died in a fishing net in 1998 before being preserved and taken to the park.
As Rosie rose to fame, the park saw further decline. But this only attracted more urban explorers and the place now has an almost mythical status among the eccentric explorers in the area.
Pictures of the once-grand site reveal a shabby space littered with trash and decaying arcade games, scruffy foliage, and a deserted atmosphere.