Alice the “larger than life” whale shark who astounded guests at the Georgia Aquarium for years has died.

Aquarium staff noticed major changes in her mood, behavior, and bloodwork this month. On Sunday her condition deteriorated and she had to be euthanized.

On Monday Georgia Aquarium’s Facebook page wrote:

‘Alice’ was the last of the four original whale sharks procured by the Georgia aquarium when it opened in 2005.

The four whale sharks were named after characters from the popular 50’s television sitcom, “The Honeymooners.”

The two male whale sharks, ‘Ralph’ and ‘Norton’ were both acquired around the same time period, tragically, both died in 2007. ‘Trixie’, the other female whale shark died last year. 

Whale sharks have extremely narrow throats and can only swallow small prey, the aquarium says.

The whale shark species can be found in the Atlantic, Pacific, and Indian Oceans, they filter-feed mostly on zooplankton, including sergestid shrimps and fish eggs and krill, jellies, copepods, coral spawn, and small fish, according to the Georgia aquarium.

The slow-moving extant fish are considered critically endangered on the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s Red List.



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