It's a little worrying how many of the comments in this forum post seem to be about how it isn't a big deal about bringing a whale shark into the Integrated resorts. ACRES and SPCA have been very vocal about their disagreement to this ill conceived idea.
Firstly, a whale shark isn't a 'pet' in any sense of the word. Secondly, even if the argument is that people want to see the whale shark up close, this isn't a zoo. Arguably zoos do have an important role to play - in conservation and also in allowing people to see animals up close. This is a commercial entity that is basically bringing in a novelty - what happens when the novelty is gone? Thirdly, a tank cannot replicate the shark's natural environment. When entertainment takes precedence over life and dignity, it makes one wonder.