The Oregon Humane Society says it is investigating Vince and Ammon Covino for the deaths of more than 200 animals at an aquarium in Portland last year.
According to a death log: the animals included sea horses, sharks, and fish.
Causes of death included starvation, infection and animal-on-animal attacks.
Vince Covino said that the death logs were falsified, and that “it’s defamatory to our highly qualified team of marine biologists”
Vince’s brother and co-owner ‘Ammon’ spent a year in jail for illegally purchasing marine life in Florida and shipping it without a permit to another aquarium the brothers own in Boise, Idaho.
Construction has started to turn a former Fiesta Dodge dealership in Leon Valley into the 50,000 sqaure-foot aquarium.
The main attraction will be a 125,000gallon tunnel tank.
The Covino brothers say the first exhibit is on schedule to open in December.