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    Juveniles Arrested In Connection w/ Aquarium Break-In & Animal Deaths/Injuries; We Post Statement by Aquarium of the Pacific

    (November 9, 2004) -- As indicated earlier today by via email alert and front page advisory, juveniles have been apprehended in connection with a break-in at the Aquarium of the Pacific's Shark Lagoon in which a number of animals were killed or injured.

    Following a break-in sometime on Sunday night-Monday morning (November 7-8), a number of animals were found killed and injured. A second trespassing apparently took place on Monday night (November 8) in which LBPD made four juvenile arrests.

    In a statement posted on its web site and provided to, the Aquarium indicated that a nurse shark, bamboo shark and cownose ray died; other animals were moved or injured but will survive. posts the Aquarium's Nov. 9 statement in full below:

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    The Aquarium of the Pacific is saddened to report that sometime Sunday night or Monday morning someone broke into the Aquarium's Shark Lagoon exhibit and injured or killed several animals. We lost one of our nurse sharks and one cownose ray, and a bamboo shark that was injured passed away Monday night. Other animals were moved or injured but will survive.

    Monday night at approximately 9:00 p.m. trespassers were found on the Aquarium grounds. The Aquarium contacted the Long Beach Police department, which made four arrests.

    The Aquarium is extremely saddened by this terrible act of animal cruelty. These animals lived in our interactive touchpools and personally touched the lives of millions of people who have visited the Aquarium. They were gentle animals that served as ambassadors inspiring wonder and respect for the ocean and its inhabitants. We are at a loss as to why anyone would commit such a cruel act on these animals.

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