500 marine animals die after storm hits aquarium


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Hundreds of fish have died after giant waves hit a public aquarium in Taiwan.

The surge, caused by Typhoon Soulik, led to extensive damage at Yehliu Ocean World in New Taipei City.

An enormous wave swept through the car park and broke though the glass doors of the entrance at around 3am on Saturday morning, knocking two security guards off their feet.

Water poured into aquariums and cultivation tanks in the basement. The oxygenation system also cut out as a result of the flooding, leading to the deaths of more than 500 marine animals including eagle rays, sharks, moray eels and puffers, along with many other fish.

The aquarium's dolphins and sea lions were unharmed.

Ocean World has been closed indefinitely while clean up efforts are under way. The damage is estimated to be in the region of $167,000/£111,000

Typhoon Soulik caused the evacuation of hundreds of thousands of people in southeast China last week and killed at least two in Taiwan.

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