At the aquarium, the shark is known as Miss Helen.
“Surveillance footage indicates that the suspects brought in a net to capture our shark,” Ammon Covino, chief operating officer for the aquarium, told The Dodo. “However, they didn't have a means of transporting her other than that, so they had to find something. They entered one of our back rooms where they took a bucket that was half-full of bleach cleaning solution (used for disinfecting our tools) and dumped it all into our cold water exhibit filtration system. They then took the sanitation bucket to aid in the transportation of the shark into the stroller, quickly exited up the stairs and out into the parking lot.”
While employees were able to catch up to the thieves, they refused to allow the aquarium staff to search their car before driving off. Luckily, the staff called the police and the shark was located alive in one of the men’s homes nearby. Staffers were also able to neutralize the bleach that was dumped into the water, which could have otherwise killed many animals, including seahorses and jellyfish.