A SHARK in Blackpool has been named after controversial Man City striker Mario Balotelli – because his bad behaviour reminded aquarium staff of the firebrand footballer.
The brown shark, known simply as Balotelli, is the biggest – and grumpiest – creature at Blackpool’s Sealife Centre.
He tries to pull some handlers into the pool at feeding time, fixes a surly stare on others and uses his head to nudge balls of rolled up food away from tank-mates.
General manager Jenn Newton said: “We named him Balotelli because he just seems to exhibit the same behaviour as the footballer. At feeding time we put fish on a big pole and he will try and pull staff into the pool or snap the pole and he also nudges rolled up balls of food out of the way.
“He is not man-eating, he’s just got a nasty bite.”
Jenn, 29, added: “It’s just a bit of fun, we decided a lot of our creatures had names so we should name our biggest one.”