The Underwater Zoo

The first problem with the Underwater Zoo was that none of the animals were able to breathe underwater. Cages do not tend to retain oxygen.

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Haon’s air bubble helmets simply caused the animals to float to the top of their cages and then to dangle there: a most inelegant solution.

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Even when the creatures were provided with aircubes to live in, they had to be held down with weights and chains, which was regarded as cruel.

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Then there was the choice of site: by locating the Zoo in a deep trench far from any land mass, Haon had arguably reduced visitor flipperfall.

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Of course he argued strongly that the Underwater Zoo was as much for aquatic visitors as human tourists, but these did not add to revenue.

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While jellyfish gathered in their billions to bob brainlessly by, jellyfish are seen more as a toxic hazard than a marketing success.

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Although there was some evidence that Right Whales deviated from the whale roads to visit the Zoo, these were not necessarily the right whales.

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