Why no aquarium has a great white shark

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  • Published on:  Friday, July 8, 2016
  • Many have tried to keep a white shark in captivity. Here's why that's so difficult.

    There are several aquariums around the world, including one in Georgia, that house whale sharks, the biggest fish in the sea. But not one has a great white shark on display.

    Aquariums have made dozens of attempts since the 1970s to display a captive great white shark. Most of those attempts ended with dead sharks.

    By the 2000s, the only group still trying was the Monterey Bay Aquarium, which spent a decade planning its white shark program. In 2004, it acquired a shark that became the first great white to survive in captivity for more than 16 days. In fact, it was on display for more than six months before it was released back into the ocean.

    In the following years, the Monterey Bay Aquarium hosted five more juvenile white sharks for temporary stays before ending the program in 2011. It was an expensive effort and had come under criticism due to injuries that some of the sharks developed in the tank.

    Responding to those critics, Jon Hoech, the aquarium's director of husbandry operations, said: "We believe strongly that putting people face to face with live animals like this is very significant in inspiring ocean conservation and connecting people to the ocean environment. We feel like white sharks face a significant threats out in the wild and our ability to bring awareness to that is significant in terms of encouraging people to become ocean stewards."

    Check out the video above to learn why white sharks are so difficult to keep in captivity and how the Monterey Bay Aquarium designed a program that could keep them alive.

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  • rebecca clark
    rebecca clark  8 hours ago

    leave them alone. they are not meant to be captured

  • The FireBlaster L0L

    How about just look at google images for the great white

  • Mangneithangja Haokip

    Just leave the white sharks alone!!!

  • Derek Smidl
    Derek Smidl  3 days ago

    I absolutely love the new things I learn everyday from this site. Thank you

  • Kevin Aalberts
    Kevin Aalberts  3 days ago

    Quit trying to cage any fish for your delusional minds!!!

  • Milan Dilan
    Milan Dilan  3 days ago +1

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  • Caedwyn
    Caedwyn  4 days ago

    all that money and resources to educate people about a great white shark ... i see that the goal IS valid BUT you could spend the same amount of effort and resources in building a lifelike robotic great shark or a VI recorded from their natural habitat ... (since it is too costly to take general mass and kids to where the sharks live)

    but the most clear thing is, if humans want to learn about them, its humans who have to sacrifice some things in that process, it shouldn't be like sharks being sacrificed for generall mass to learn something!

  • Billie Kusuma
    Billie Kusuma  4 days ago

    huh, no wonder they're endangered, what a shame

  • rick kill
    rick kill  5 days ago

    The can’t figure it out it’s like captive orcas with the lazy dorsal fin . They don’t like being being in prison . Just like with humans it takes an emotional toll . Maybe they eat krill being that they keep their mouths open to push in water to their gills .

  • Communcapitalfascist

    And yet we are scared of sharks

  • Free Bible Prophecy Book Reg6 Dot Com

    I love nature and the creatures God made... but this is a waste of time and money. Just leave them alone in the ocean and focus instead on feeding the poor and helping the homeless, etc.

  • Ya'll Mind If I Hit Dat T-Pose XD

    How about we turn the whole ocean into an aquarium problem solution

  • tracy Star
    tracy Star  7 days ago +3

    4:30 "they're not sure why" you damaged its respiratory system and weakened its mental state and forced to go against its natural instincts.

  • tracy Star
    tracy Star  7 days ago +1

    Maybe because they're MADE for the OPEN OCEAN!

  • Gunna B
    Gunna B  7 days ago

    Look mom that big naughty fish just ate up the whole tank!!

  • simplejune1
    simplejune1  7 days ago

    Thank god..atleast they are safe from the so called "humanity" of humans

  • Evan Spiteri
    Evan Spiteri  7 days ago

    I remember seeing a great white at the Monterey Bay Aquarium in 2009. What an awesome animal.

  • S W
    S W  7 days ago

    How about dont visit zoos and aquariums...pay for a submarine tour...they do exist...go to their habitat

  • private name
    private name  7 days ago

    Humans will be the biggest joke through out time

  • Eleonora Jordan
    Eleonora Jordan  7 days ago

    So wait if white sharks need to move around to get oxygen what happens when they sleep?