15 Sharks Die at Indy Zoo

Too much ozone in water kills Bonnetheads

Monday, Jan 26, 2009  |  Updated 11:58 AM PDT
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15 Sharks Die at Indy Zoo

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Too much ozone in the tank killed 15 Bonnethead sharks at the Indianapolis Zoo.

Fifteen bonnethead sharks at the Indianapolis Zoo have died because of too much ozone in their tank.

Zoo officials say two emperor snappers in the tank survived and are expected to recover.

Bonnethead sharks up close

Zoo senior veterinarian Dr. Jeff Proudfoot says the tank's skimmer system was taken offline Monday morning for repairs, keeping water from passing through that part of the system. Without water, an ozone probe could not provide an accurate signal and a generator continued adding ozone to the tank.

Ozone is used to purify water. Officials say the zoo will review the system design and procedures for repairs to help prevent a similar accident in the future.

The bonnethead averages about 3.3 feet in length and is found in the western Atlantic and eastern Pacific oceans.

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