September 23, 2009

Plane carries 1,261 fish 4,000 miles

Officials said 1,261 live fish, including seven sharks, have arrived in Britain following a 4,000-mile plane ride from Barbados.

Biologists with the National Marine Aquarium in Plymouth, England, said only 21 small fish died before the plane was unloaded in Exeter, England. The rest were taken to the aquarium, The Sun reported Wednesday.

The fish, which came from a Barbados aquarium, include four 10-foot-long nurse sharks and three 6-foot-long blacktip reef sharks.

The pilot could feel the payload sloshing around, biologist James Wright said.