According to the announcement, his health deteriorated rapidly.
“He died even after exhausting animal and animal care efforts,” the aquarium said.
“It has contributed tremendously to our understanding of whale sharks and their care. Loss is inevitable, but it doesn’t make it any less painful,” the aquarium said.
Fish range in length from 18 to 32.8 feet, but can grow to more than 60 feet in length.
Despite their enormous size, whale sharks live on a diet of tiny shrimp, krill, fish eggs, sardines, anchovies and other tiny prey.
Threats to whale sharks include mixing in fishing nets, boat strikes, the introduction of marine debris and micro-plastics, and in some cases human intervention through unregulated tourism.