Pressure is growing on Dubai’s newest and largest hotel resort to free a whale shark from its aquarium. The Atlantis Hotel, on the iconic Palm Jumeirah island, originally said it had “rescued” the animal, which is recognized as an endangered species. The hotel is now refusing to say if or when the whale shark will be released. Environmentalists and Dubai residents are now demanding that the shark – nicknamed Sammy by one paper – should be released into its natural habitat. (BBC)

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