- The Washington Times - Sunday, June 3, 2007

ATLANTA (AP) — Two new whale sharks arrived at the world’s largest aquarium Friday.

Both whale sharks — the world’s largest fish — arrived at the Georgia Aquarium in downtown Atlanta after being flown 8,000 miles from Taipei, Taiwan, by way of Anchorage, Alaska. They will join the aquarium’s three other whale sharks — the only ones on display outside of Asia — giving the two-year-old aquarium the largest number of the giant fish on display anywhere.

“We’re the only people in the world that can claim three times,” aquarium director Jeff Swanagan said, referring to the aquarium’s two previous transcontinental whale shark flights. “Each time, we learn more and more.”

The two young males were given Asian names in honor of their Taiwanese origins.

One is Taroko, named after Taroko Gorge, a national park in Taiwan. The other is Yushan, which means “jade mountain,” and is named after a mountain in Taiwan.

The sharks were flown from Taiwan on a cargo plane in 20-foot-long fiberglass tanks fitted with oxygen machines and other equipment to keep the water suitable for them.

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