A Great White shark can be found at the abandoned Giant Gippseland Earthworm Wildlife Park (Wonderland Wildlife Park) on the corner of Acton Road and Bass Highway in the rural town of Bass, region of Gippsland, state of Victoria, Australia.
Among clutter, garbage and left over bits from a formerly functioning wildlife park there lays a large, murky and somewhat unremarkable tank. However, inside of it are the glorious remains of a great white shark.
Measuring a little over 16 feet long (5 meters) and dubbed ‘Rosie’ this sharks fate is soon to vanish.
The tank in which it has been held for over 20 years is filled with chemically preserving formaldehyde and has been ruined. The top has been pried open and someone has beat the sides of the tank.
In 1998, the shark died in a tuna fishing net. After an artist preserved the body it was donated to Wildlife Wonderland. This shark was not gutted and the body is hard.
The Wildlife Wonderland Park was operational until 2012. It celebrated the Giant Gippsland earthworm, which grows on average to 3 feet long (1 meter). They can get as big as 9 feet long (3 meters)! No successful breeding has been done in captivity and they remain in a threatened status.
The park itself was designed in a giant earthworm shape! A large and outstanding building along the Bass Highway drive. Inside the former museum you could ‘crawl’ through the replicated worm burrow and simulated stomach.
The park wanted to expand into an aquarium in the early 2000s. A new owner came through in 2003 and plans to donate the shark to the Melbourne Museum fell through. In 2012, the park closed due to it not having proper licenses to display native animals and the welfare of these were also questioned. The exterior of the worm is covered heavily in graffiti now.
Many think this is an original Damien Hirst but this shark is bigger than the ones he used and featured for art work.
UPDATE : The shark has been moved as of February 19th to it’s new home Crystal World. There it is set to be restored.
Where is the abandoned shark in a formaldehyde tank hidden? You can find it with these coordinates. -38.474884, 145.471347.
Images 1 and 3 from Video/Luke McPherson . Images 2, 3 and 4 Google Maps.