‘Super-senior shark’ dies at Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium

TACOMA, Wash. — Sammy, a “super-senior shark” at the Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium, has died at the age of 38, according to a zoo Facebook post on Sunday.

“It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Sammy, our sand tiger shark,” the post read.

According to zoo officials, Sammy surpassed the median life expectancy for sand tiger sharks, which is 21 years in human care.

Sammy had been showing signs of ill health for a while, according to the zoo.

The shark was described as “a beloved shark, and a gentle giant that captured the hearts of all with his slow, shy demeanor.”

Zoo officials said Sammy was the biggest and oldest shark in the Outer Reef habitat and was a perfect ambassador for shark conservation.

The zoo also pointed out: “Sammy reminded us all that sharks are majestic, beautiful ocean animals, at risk of extinction by human activities and needing our protection.

“Farewell, Sammy.”