Why no aquarium has a great white shark

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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.

💬 Comments on the video

How about leaving them where they belong, the ocean.

Author — Foxmoon XIX


“These sharks keep dying whenever we put them in the tanks!”
“Ok, so stop catching sharks”
“...yeah, but—”

Author — Emi P.


Why can’t we just stick to documentaries and studying them from the ocean?
Most of us don’t even care after seeing them for like 5 minutes at most. Just leave them alone

Author — otaku_ugh


Okay, you need a large tank? I got an idea, HOW BOUT YOU LEAVE THEM IN THE OCEAN? WORLDS BIGGEST SHARK TANK!

Author — 458 123


YouTube recommends this when everyone is trapped at home. No chill

Author — d n


Seriously these places are creepy. It’s like kidnapping someone and asking why they’re deteriorating. I swear humans are disturbing sometimes.

Author — That's So Lulu


"The audience increased by 30 %". If you were wondering why they kept trying over and over again.

Author — Andrei Dinu


people calling 6 months a success when great whites can live over 70 years and more

Author — Liam C


I’m not against animals in zoos, apt of them are endangered and zoos bring their numbers up. But seriously, if it’s tried multiple times and still fails it’s obviously not gonna work

Author — Crystal Gunderson


*sharks consistently dying from being stuck in small cages*

“Oh it’s just because they were already dying”

Author — - kool -


In the early 1963s The Bronx Zoo had a display labeled "The most dangerous Animal in the World" it was a just a mirror.

Author — Bryan Torresdey


Almost as if wild animals suffer when held in captivity.

Author — Comrade Dan


"It's tracking revealed it died shortly after being released, they're not sure why."


Author — kim


I like how people say that sharks are the most dangerous animal, but I don’t think that sharks can catch us and put us in tanks so we can be observed and suffer

Author — Aurthur Morgan


Humans: **Has wild animals in captivity**
Animal: **Dies**
Humans: **Surprised Pikachu**



So let's not put them in tanks. Problem solved.

Author — Brittany Reed


They should just leave them be... humans always need to be bothering animals for no good reason

Author — ToruKurosawa


“Experts baffled as to why large animals can’t be contained for long periods of time”

Author — xDeeKay


I just keep getting reminded of how awful humans are

Author — Very Rare


Me: Looks up covid-19 and cooking videos
Youtube: Wanna see why white sharks aren't good in aquariums?
Me: sure

Author — Abstracted