Luke McPherson shot a spooky video of Wildlife Wonderland Park in Victoria, Australia, before the shark was moved to a new location after being abandoned there since the site closed.
The wildlife reserve was reportedly closed in 2012 by the Ministry of Sustainability and the Environment due to animal welfare concerns.
He said, “Once I got the light behind the float I was like ‘wow that’s scary’! “
“The vapors were so strong that you couldn’t stay in this room for more than a minute, the formaldehyde must have evaporated.
“The tank was huge and in disrepair, with a rusty metal frame and broken glass panels and trash dumped inside. “
The shark was taken to local Australian company Crystal World and Prehistoric Journey in February 2019. Just before that, a spokesperson for the Environmental Protection Authority Victoria said: “The EPA is aware of the shark and the shark. aquarium and do not consider them dangerous. ”
The agency said it had “provided the owner with advice on how to properly dispose of the items.”
At the time, Crystal World employee Shane McAlister told the Mail: “Bringing her back and showing her to people is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to do that and I’m just so blessed and proud to be a part of it. this. ”
Trent Hooper, who founded the Save Rosie the Shark Facebook page, also added his glee.
“It was about to be destroyed and dumped,” he said.
“It’s such a good result. Australia has rallied to save Rosie and give her a forever home in Crystal World. “
Rosie is said to have died in a fishing net in 1998 before being kept and taken to the park.
As Rosie gained celebrity status, the park experienced further degradation. But this only appealed to urban explorers even more and the site now has an almost mythical status among quirky explorers of the region.
Images of the once-stunning site show a dilapidated room strewn with trash and decaying arcade games, unkempt foliage, and a deserted atmosphere.