Her health quickly declined, according to the statement.
“Even after exhaustive veterinary and animal care efforts, she ultimately passed away,” the aquarium said.
“She contributed enormously to our understanding of whale sharks and their care. Loss is inevitable, but that does not make it any less painful,” the aquarium said.
The fish range in length between 18 and 32.8 feet, but can grow to more than 60 feet long.
Despite their enormous size, whale sharks live on a diet of tiny shrimp, krill, fish eggs, sardines, anchovies and other small prey.
Threats to whale sharks include entanglement in fishing nets, boat strikes, ingestion of marine debris and micro plastics, and in some cases human interference through unregulated tourism.