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Shark that tourists love has died in Spain 西班牙明星鯊殞命

Scientists capture the injured shark. 科學家捕獲了受傷的鯊魚。

Photo: AP

A 2m shark who was a regular tourist attraction at a Spanish beach died on Aug. 22. That's just two days after it was taken to the Barcelona aquarium.

Scientists had said they had not expected the female sandbar shark to survive because it stopped swimming after being brought to the aquarium and needed help from divers to keep moving. And sharks need to move to breathe.

An autopsy was being done to see why the shark died, the aquarium said. The first tests showed the shark had died because of a 7cm hook caught in its esophagus.

Scientists captured the 90kg fish in knee-high water at a beach called Miracle in northeast Tarragona province. They grabbed it with their bare hands and dragged it ashore.

The shark first turned up early last week and became popular. It liked to swim in shallow water where everyone could see it.

The beach was closed to swimmers.

After the shark was taken to the aquarium, scientists saw its fin had been hit by a harpoon. It had some kind of internal problem, maybe from swallowing something.(Staff Writer, with AFP)

八月二十二日,一條在西班牙海灘上深受遊客歡迎的兩公尺長的鯊魚,在送往巴賽隆納水族館兩天後死亡了。

科學家說他們並不奢望這隻母沙洲鯊能存活下來,因為牠被送到水族館後,就停止不動了。潛水人員需要一直移動牠,才能讓牠保持呼吸。

該水族館表示,他們將鯊魚屍體進行解剖,希望找出死因。從第一次檢驗來看,這隻鯊魚的死因為食道裡卡了一個七公分長的魚勾。

科學家於西班牙東北部塔拉戈納省的「奇蹟」海灘,在高及膝的淺水區域捕獲了這隻重達九十公斤的鯊魚。他們徒手活抓牠並且將牠拖上岸。

這隻鯊魚在上星期首次曝光,不久就聲名大噪。牠喜歡在淺水游弋,遊客都可以看到牠的蹤跡。

這個沙灘當時是禁止遊客游泳的。

在這隻鯊魚送往水族館後,科學家發現牠的背鰭曾遭魚叉刺傷,並且有可能曾吞下異物而導致內傷。(法新社/翻譯:楊鴻泰)

TODAY'S WORDS 今日單字

1. tourist attraction n. phr.

觀光勝地 (guan1 guang1 sheng4 di4)

例: Taipei 101 is Taipei's biggest tourist attraction.

(台北101大樓是台北最受歡迎的旅遊景點。)

2. aquarium n.

水族箱 (shui3 zu2 xiang1)

例: My dad has had an aquarium for 30 straight years.

(我爸爸有一個有三十年歷史的水族箱。)

3. autopsy n.

屍體解剖 (shi1 ti3 jie2 pou3)

例: We didn't know why grandpa died until the autopsy was done.

(我們直到爺爺的屍體解剖後,才知道他的死因。)

4. esophagus n.

食道 (shi2 dao4)

例: If food gets stuck in your esophagus, you can choke.

(如果食物卡在你的食道裡,你可能會窒息。)


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