There are plans to construct a shark adventure aquarium in Sinsheim, a town in south-western Germany. The operating company has already applied for a building permit and plans to open the aquarium in 2017. OceanCare calls on the mayor and the city council of Sinsheim not to grant a building permit for the shark aquarium “The Seven Seas”.

Sharks are highly developed and intelligent animals. Their social life is differing from species to species. It’s not possible to provide a habitat meeting the species-specific needs in the planned aquarium “The Seven Seas”. Further, our knowledge of most shark species is very limited. According to the precautionary principle, we should abstain from keeping sharks in captivity. Part of the animals would be taken from the wild to be transported to Sinsheim, which is another reason for opposing the aquarium. The stress associated with the capture and transport of the animals is unacceptable.

In addition, the alleged educational value of the shark aquarium is highly questionable. The project is terming itself an “attraction” and “unique spectacle”, indicating that it is merely a commercial entertainment project. This is emphasized by plans to offer indoor diving as one of the main attractions. Imagine: Sharks are taken from their natural and infinite habitat, confined into a narrow concrete tank, and then even have to endure divers entering their cramped aquarium space several times a day.

OceanCare is therefore very critical of the planned shark aquarium in Sinsheim and suggests that the relevant authorities reject the project. Today OceanCare launches an online petition against the construction of the shark aquarium to emphasise this call. The signatures will be transmitted to the mayor and the city council of Sinsheim.