Luke McPherson shot creepy video of Wildlife Wonderland Park in Victoria, Australia before the shark was moved to a new location after being abandoned there since the site was closed
Photos from an urban explorer have revealed the insides of an abandoned zoo which was once home to the remains of a great white shark floating in a tank of formaldehyde.
Luke McPherson shot a creepy video of Wildlife Wonderland Park in Victoria, Australia before the shark was moved to a new location after being abandoned there since the site was closed.
The wildlife sanctuary was reportedly shut down in 2012 by the Department of Sustainability and Environment amid animal welfare concerns.
He said: “Once I got the light behind the tank I was like ‘wow that’s creepy’!”
“The fumes were so bad you couldn’t last longer than a minute in that room, the formaldehyde must have been evaporating.
“The tank was huge and in bad condition, with a rusting metal frame and smashed panels of glass and trash thrown inside.”
The shark was rehomed at local Aussie business Crystal World and Prehistoric Journey in February 2019. Just before that, a spokesperson from the Environmental Protection Authority Victoria said: “The EPA is aware of the shark and tank and do not consider them to be hazardous.”
The agency says it has “provided the owner with advice on how to appropriately dispose of the items.”
At the time an employee of Crystal World, Shane McAlister, told The Mail : “To bring her back and actually put her on show for people is a once in a lifetime opportunity to do this and I’m just very bless and proud to be a part of it.”
Trent Hooper, who founded the Save Rosie the Shark Facebook Page, also added his delight.
“She was close to being destroyed and thrown away,” he said.
“It’s such a great outcome. Australia rallied together to save Rosie and get her a forever home at Crystal World.”
Rosie reportedly died in a fishing net in 1998 before being preserved and taken to the park.
While Rosie gained celebrity status, the park experienced further decay. But this only enticed urban explorers more and the site now has an almost mythical status among off-beat explorers in the area.
Pictures of the once-great site show a run-down room strewn with litter and decaying arcade games, unkempt foliage and a deserted feel.