The South African Association for Marine Biological Research (SAAMBR) recently shared a Throwback Thursday post on their Facebook page where they enlightened their readers with some hilarious fishing stories.
One morning in 1996, the aquarist arrived for work at the Durban aquarium, only to find several large fish in the main tank with broken fishing line trailing from their mouths. An oxeye tarpon that had been there for ten years was also missing. It was soon discovered that the big open main tank had become the most popular fishing spot in Durban. Why stand out in the cold and the wind on the beach when you have hungry fish swimming right in front of you?
Another story they shared said that, it was rumoured at the time, the most popular dare at one of the local drinking spots was a swim across the shark tank. Since no human remains clutching a beer bottle were ever found – this could not be proved!
To put a stop to the errant fishermen, shade cloth was put across the top of both tanks and night security guards were employed!
Never a dull moment in the sea world life.