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Portland Aquarium Under Investigation For 200 Animal Deaths

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File image of an aquarium (Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

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(CBS Seattle) — The Portland Aquarium is being investigated by the humane society over a report showing more than 200 marine animals died this spring from starvation, infection, high temperatures, animal-on-animal attacks and unknown causes.

The Oregonian obtained a “death-log” from the aquarium which shows among the casualties were bamboo sharks, sea horses, garden eels, sea stars, crabs and dozens of fish.

Between February 18 and May 16, aquarium owners admitted to not having regular veterinary services at the facility. The aquarium’s former veterinarian, Mike Corcoran, said that even when he was under contract the facility failed to properly quarantine new arrivals and routinely delayed emergency treatment to save money, according to The Oregonian. Corcoran said many of the animals were subject to “undue pain and suffering” because of the facility’s financial constrictions.

Corcoran said the typical daily death at the aquarium was “excessive.”

Portland Aquarium officials issued a statement saying its death toll was on par with other facilities around the country and that in “many cases” the Portland Aquarium has “done better.”

The Oregon Humane Society claims it will begin investigating the nine-month-old facility immediately, but did not provide specifics.

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