One shark was killed and three more unsettled in an accident on Florida’s I-95 in Volusia County, sheriff’s deputies have reported.
The sandbar sharks were being transported to an aquarium in Coney Island, New York, when the tractor trailer lost a tire. The truck careened off the road and stopped at a tree line – the shark that died had been thrown clear of the semi in the collision. SeaWorld was summoned to the crash site to transfer the three surviving sharks, who will be transported to the aquarium’s Orlando facility until further arrangements can be made.
“We’re just grateful no one got injured and we’re happy to help,” SeaWorld assistant curator Jim Kinsler said, insensitively, according to My News 13. He said the five-foot-long sharks are in good condition currently, aside from stress from transportation.
The Florida Museum of Natural History claims that sandbar sharks are the most abundant species of large shark on this side of the Atlantic.