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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. Link to the Biodiversity Heritage Library: https://www.flickr.com/photos/biodivlibrary/albums Subscribe to our channel! http://goo.gl/0bsAjO Vox.com is a news website that helps you cut through the noise and understand what's really driving the events in the headlines. Check out http://www.vox.com Check out our full video catalog: http://goo.gl/IZONyE Follow Vox on Twitter: http://goo.gl/XFrZ5H Or on Facebook: http://goo.gl/U2g06o
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{Alpha} (13 hours ago)
Wht about rosie the great white who was abandoned due to bankrupcy on Australia?
Andrew Dwight (19 hours ago)
If we kill off the sharks every human being would die off and we would destroy the planet! People don't realize that every living thing has a purpose, Why do we have to destroy everything? We kill more sharks for soup then throw them back into the ocean to die an awful death. I am the furtherest thing from some nutty hippie but this bullshit needs to stop! We are just killing all these amazing creatures for what?
BEN TSAI (20 hours ago)
Shark is a carnivorous animal, shark will eat any fish in the tank.
Walter Johnson (1 day ago)
If you want to see a great white, tie some raw steaks to yourself in the sea.
minnie brooks (2 days ago)
#all shark lives matter!!!
Vinn Regi (3 days ago)
We really have to boycott aquariums. I mean okay, small fish that can't know the difference between ocean and tank, is acceptable. But large animals, like sharks, dolphins, seals etc. Those have no place there. I don't get why "lions jumping through rings of fire" is inhumane, but "dolphins jumping through hula hoop rings" is fine.
Marist Old Boys (4 days ago)
Stupid idiot humans
Uddhav Nanda (5 days ago)
The guy sounds like Stephen hawking
Dr. Love 1987 (5 days ago)
It's simple, Great Whites are predators, not entertainers.
Daphne Galdamez (5 days ago)
“It dies short after it was released” well of course. not being sure why is just lazy, captivity kills...
How about we go on a boat with a cage and jump in the cage to see them
SJ ELF promise (6 days ago)
just shut up and leave them alone
Cao Tuan Vo (8 days ago)
How many animals have to die because of human stupidity? It hurts watching this. Sometimes I wish God existed to finally bring justice and punishment
Paul D (9 days ago)
What is the music used
Jami Christine (10 days ago)
No aquarium should have great whites. They scare me enough as is when they're in the ocean and I'm not. I don't need them to be in a tank when I go to see nemo
Sara Méndez (10 days ago)
see? even scientists are stupid.
Hriday Talreja (11 days ago)
It’s a white shark!! Not great white
tyiana (11 days ago)
Leave them tf alone., subhumans.
SPARTAN-B301 (14 days ago)
Humankind right here. Let's take shark from their natural environment and put them in an aquarium. (To make benefits out of it of course)
koochie FF (16 days ago)
The waters motion in the tank is different from the open ocean.
Hannya Yamantaka (18 days ago)
Aquariums are cruel! These people suck! Put them in cages!
• ĸaтнarιne • (18 days ago)
surprise! maybe they didn’t do well because they’re in captivity! maybe, JUST MAYBE they were designed to stay in their natural environment! i know! what a crazy unthinkable idea!
Geet Venkat (19 days ago)
Replicating nature is imposible
Daniel Ortuño (19 days ago)
how bout they leave them tf alone
Atuel (20 days ago)
Please at least include metric as well! Your channel is on the internet, not on a local TV channel. You have many viewers from around the world. None of us understand or use the that funny thing with 12 inches in a foot and three foot in a yard and god know how many yards in a mile or chain or whatever you guys call it xD. And even if we would remember that, we still have to remember the conversion numbers from inch to meters, feet to meters, yards to meters etc... It's like you are giving us an arithmetic riddle every time. We just want to know how long it is. It shouldn't be so difficult.
Christian Spencer (16 hours ago)
Lmao this is an American video, so therefore it will be in the customary system, just like how every American has to remember meter conversions for videos from other countries, I don’t see why you are so butt hurt about having to know that there are three feet in a yard and three feet in a meter. The metric system is easy and so is the customary. Be respectful of American things just as Americans are supposed to be respectful of things from other countries. I won’t be butthurt about a BBC article because they only list things in meters when I’m accustomed to feet and yards. Thanks for coming to my ted talk😂
Michael Summerell (22 days ago)
The video doesn't actually answer its own title statement. It only states that the sharks die. Although I hate the idea of a magnificent animal like this dying, especially at the hands of man, that almost seems preferable than to have more and more White Sharks being captured and put in captivity, just for them to be a money-spinning tourist attraction.
Jestingwheat856 (28 days ago)
Shark in a small (not too small) tank that starts to rotate as if it were a treadmill to let the shark feel as if it travels long distance
Idk if it it's true but 100 million sharks are killed bc their fins are getting cuz cut off and there thrown back into the water left to die
Elsa Sartor (28 days ago)
Poor creatures... it is so cruel to keep a beautiful, fierce, wild creature in a tank, trapped, alone and dying...
Juliamarie Palero (28 days ago)
Monterey Aquarium California tried GW in captivity.they we're all juviniles. They started hunting other species in the tank. There was a high mortality rate be in captivity. for . they are beautiful creatures and need to be free just like any other wild animal.. set them free.
LightLyagami (29 days ago)
that's crazy, i was there and saw that baby white and thought to myself, "wow they really have a great white?" i was in six grade and we had a fieldtrip glad i went.
Ainun Thaqifah (29 days ago)
this made me so angry!! leave the sharks alone!!
EMF Safety Zone (29 days ago)
Humans are so friggin stupid and arrogant.
Depperse (30 days ago)
The only time I agree with any kinda of aquarium or zoo is when they only have injured animals or babies that have been abandoned and their goal is rehabilitation. I understand with babies it might be best to keep them since they could die on their own in the wild being so use to being taken care of in captivity. But no perfectly healthy and well off wild animal should ever be taken from their home to be put on display. It's unfair and unnatrual.
Jérémie Schuler (1 month ago)
I know it's off-topic, but Dion is such a wonderful woman.
bailey mcconnell (1 month ago)
I say we put the aquarium workers on display instead. See how long they can stay alive in that damn tank. I'd say attendence would go up.
B.T. Dubs (1 month ago)
When they showed the pic of the shark's injured nose :(
Danger Russ (1 month ago)
Hell i might want one for my back yard. I hope they do figure out how to keep them. It would be cool to feed it other animals from around my house. Ha ha ha. Poor seals.
chelle z (1 month ago)
leave them alone
Kiwi Kitten (1 month ago)
This must be horrible for the sharks
Kiwi Kitten (1 month ago)
Fricken SeaWorld stop leave it alone!!!
Borkborkwoof (1 month ago)
A lot of people in this comments section are trying their best to virtue signal without even understanding the issue here. No, it's not enough to just 'leave them where they are'. How do you think conservation science works? That we rock up to an endangered animal one day and put it into a reserve and that's that? It takes years, sometimes decades of research to understand how to keep a wild animal in captivity, alive, healthy and breeding. Predatory fish are killed on sight by fishermen and others to protect their hauls or themselves- great whites themselves are on the threatened list now. If they dwindle to near-extinction, how exactly do you idiots propose we breed them in captivity if no one knows how to keep them alive? Second, it IS important people see animals and organisms that they otherwise couldn't. Not everyone has the money to pay for a trip of the ocean to see ocean fauna in their natural habitat. The more people lose the ability to relate to an animal, the less the public and policymakers will care about keeping these species from going extinct. Not to mention we'd be raising an entire generation of kids with no awareness of these creatures besides stuff they see in books or on TV/the internet. There are zoos and aquariums with horrible records, piss poor conditions and a complete lack of scientists among the staff, but to assume every zoo and aquarium is like that tells me maybe you should visit a proper one before you go rushing into conclusions. So while you lot try and out-PETA each other here, spare a thought that what's going on may be beyond your elementary school-level understanding of the world.
Joyy (1 month ago)
This is just sad
Leon Mercy (1 month ago)
aquariums and zoos both shouldn't exist
Sean Dunn (1 month ago)
I don't find any real benefit of this project except to satisfy human curiosity and solve a mystery that didn't need solving. Big sharks do not do well in captivity that was known. So why sacrifice an already endangered animal for more "knowledge"? I noticed that nowhere did anyone lament the death of these animals or admit to any regret for essentially killing these beautiful animals. Rather they expressed pride in what little they accomplished.
suga jams (1 month ago)
Annae Williams (1 month ago)
thanks for the interesting information, lets leave these amazing creature in mother ocean were they belong and take the time to see them in their environment and protect that environment.
yung Stoney (1 month ago)
What’s the point of having these advanced brains if we can’t make other animals our toys ?
Latisha Vivian (1 month ago)
My favorite sharks have always been Great Whites and Hammerhead Sharks. I’m fascinated that some of the younger ones could be kept in an aquarium and survived long enough to be released again. However, hearing about how the majority of them died, I don’t approve of the being captured and put up for viewing. They are a big predator and deserve to be kept in their natural habitat, one where they can survive without needing help. I only recently heard about the Whale Shark in an aquarium and I was absolutely flabbergasted. I have the same opinion for the Whale Shark: it’s so big that even if they do have a giant tank, whose to say the shark won’t go completely insane or die from being in a captive sea tank.
cowboy baby (1 month ago)
not sure why any semi-intelligent adult, let alone AQUARIUM staff who should more know about marine life than the average person, would think its a good idea to hold large non-shallow-water marine animals in a tank. from the outset its not hard to see that a tank will never be big enough for them?
Juqn Vasil (1 month ago)
Shark killers
Mikayla K. (1 month ago)
I saw a shark as a child once in the Baltimore aquarium, can't remember what it was because I was about 2? However from what my parents could recall, the tank was much too small for something of its size and despite looking angry (although I found that hard to believe as sharks don't look very angry to me), it also made my parents feel extremely depressed looking at it. Regardless of what people think about animals, especially something like an ancient fish, what if it's something psychological? It seems nobody bothered to mention that or even think about it.
Speaty (1 month ago)
Damn guys just chill. You don’t HAVE to capture every animal
pang teng_04 (1 month ago)
Why should you all bring the shark to the aquarium. They belong to the nature. Just keep them in their place.
Tô Diệp Khanh (1 month ago)
aquarium and zoo should be closed. Release them back to the wild, and don't disturb them.
GetYour Fix (1 month ago)
When they released the shark, it was still swimming in circles. It probably forgot how to hunt and feed itself and mostly just swam in circles, slowly dying. Not cool, tanking open ocean sharks is cruelty.
Minagy (1 month ago)
Let the sharks life there live. If people want to see a shark they could watch jaws or something like that
Rylan R (1 month ago)
That’s it????
Lucas Dangas (1 month ago)
Voz could please use metrical system as well? Thank you!
TomTubesYou (1 month ago)
Egg-shaped tanks? That's a cylinder. What you are showing is a cylinder. Where the heck are you buying your eggs, Vox??
Abigail Alvarado (1 month ago)
Just Leave the sharks alone
Michael Ferreira (1 month ago)
This is just the folly of human hubris. Mother nature: Hey, so this shark is such a way that it needs to constantly roam long distances to stay healthy and productive Humanity: Yeah but i want it in a tank comparable to an Olympic sized swimming pool! Kids want to look at it! Mother nature: Well, I'm sorry but that's just not how things have worked out Humanity: Yeah, but I want it!
Lucas Martins (1 month ago)
@Vox, you guys are a global youtube channel. Isn't it time to start using metric system in your videos?
lily Brooks (1 month ago)
this is so unethical and such a cruel thing to do. these aquariums should not be allowed to do this. its causing harm to the animal and for no good purpose, a great white should not be kept in a tank, it's a wild predator that lives in the ocean, no tank can be sufficient enough for it. They should have stopped trying after the first few deaths, obviously the sharks will not survive in the tanks so why are people still trying. there should be laws against this!
nicole valletta (1 month ago)
Stop kidnapping living beings and taking them to their death for your amusement. They’re not playthings.
I think they're dying in fish tank because of lack of oxygen. People need to change the water every hour and feed them every hour.
TJ Israelsen (1 month ago)
So you're telling me that Dr. Evils sharks were not real? 😑
Ask Kure (1 month ago)
This makes me so sad. Just let the sharks live in the ocean instead of risking their lives showing them to people!
Yusra Afreen (1 month ago)
ban sea world, aquarium and zoos
Casanova102986 (1 month ago)
sooo not so great? 🤷🏾‍♂️😂 orcas are great 👌
Disliked for mentioning feet and gallons. Is this video only for American viewers? You want the viewers to go figure the numbers in meters and litres? Edit: 'They are not sure why it died after releasing in ocean. Then they brought another one' - WOW American Intelligence
paranoid android (1 month ago)
I really think aquariums shouldn't take great whites, but even the other tanks should only be populated by animals that have been wounded and are being rehabilitated, and then released upon their being healed.
D R (1 month ago)
The shark they released died shortly after being released and they don’t know why?! Ridiculous 😡 all of this for what?!?! Profit? Inhumane
NicholasStudios (1 month ago)
Because everyone has seen sharknado.
Mc2_E (1 month ago)
Eureka! I have solve this issue. Ready to hear it, Vox? Okay, here it goes,... LEAVE THEM ALONE!!!!!
Herta Schneider (1 month ago)
I love that every top comment is saying to leave them alone! Good job everyone! Now let's please apply that mentality to zoos and animals treated horrifically for animal products!
Herta Schneider (1 month ago)
UH, BECAUSE THEY SHOULDN'T ALSO BE KIDNAPPED AND IMPRISONED SO HUMANS CAN MAKE MONEY OFF IT? They need to rehab and release all of them and leave them the hell alone already!
moonlily1 (1 month ago)
Don't do this. Just don't. Captivity is obviously a slow torture for them. They may not be the most lovable creatures, but they don't deserve to be abused for your entertainment.
Alien QUARTZ (1 month ago)
Its because Great white needs a big space because they need to swim so they can breath properly thats why they dont stop swimming
George Odembo (1 month ago)
Here’s an idea… leave them where they belong in the OCEAN
Madison Lively (1 month ago)
I think everyone that goes to museums and loves sharks is way happier knowing sharks are chilling in the ocean and not suffering in a tank
PuppetMasterFPV (1 month ago)
I remember when I was a child the Academy of Sciences aka the “Steinhart Aquarium” had a great white for a short time. I can remember being so excited to go see and then when I went? Even then as a child thinking “this is not good”.... great info. Common sense right?
liam hamard (1 month ago)
Aquarium are just so... evil Why can't they just limit themselfs on the things where they are actually usefull and not on the things where they are a part of the problem?
Sushil Sitaula (1 month ago)
The way this is presented reminds me of conspiracy documentaries
Anomaly Sunday (1 month ago)
So... Why?
Tea Rose 1 (1 month ago)
Sharks are do beautiful and its sad seeing them die for people just to gawk at them.
Insiyah Adamjee (1 month ago)
Why is this even a discussion? Just let them be in their habitats ????
Joe the rag man (1 month ago)
I know a way! Stay the hell away from them! Stop trying to enslaved everything that comes from nature! Stop killing them! Isn't enough that we have decimated the oceans and polluted everything? Leave these creatures alone!!
Jessika Lange (1 month ago)
That's so sad :(
notamushroom (1 month ago)
Disgusting. The poor sharks would have died confused and starved, with humans shrugging it off as an "oh well, let's try again". When will we learn that animals are not toys and not objects, and have just the same need for freedom as we do
trinthetrex (1 month ago)
How bout y’all just don’t steal sharks from the ocean?
the outsider (1 month ago)
They could have left the shark were it was. True but the whole point of zoos and aquariums is to save and protect soon to be extinct species, from poaching and etc. And the great is a vulnerable species. Great white shark is the one soon to go. Animals are getting hunted for money and sport that's why we have zoos and stuff to try and prevent that.
the outsider (26 days ago)
+Abby Gayle and I also, heard of zoos being nasty and sad because people stopped coming, but once more people did come, more food, and bigger enclosures are the first things. I seen upgraded. But there seems to be a lot misconceptions about zoos. They always have to beg people to come back trying to tell those, overly emotional, but understandable peope that in order for for them to take care of the animals they need them to visit and they aren't lying because they actually do maintenance when money is given. But when one person's only visits ONE ZOO they say " ugh all zoos are bad ugh I hate zoos" not know the entire point of the show is to provide for the zoo why a show? It's easier to make money and it makes the most sense. I understand if you don't wanna see it I really understand that. But please understand why its like that in the first place and there hard to take care. of and isn't your. Normal house pet. and its heart breaking to see them like that and sad to those conditions. But they do try, and it shows not all the time but some of the time. Poaching is a threat and. something needs to be done and its more reasons besides that. So please dont let ONE zoo or a few define what a zoo is as a whole. It won't help the animals the more people are doing that.
the outsider (26 days ago)
+Abby Gayle and I wouldn't let that one visit define your views, people see one place with mistreated animals and they dont seem to wanna dig a little deeper. We all are sensitive emotions with animals get to clouded when it comes to judgement. Of course its important that we care that the wild life around us to be protected, and care bat nature. But people get judgmental to fast when it comes to these things, I use to think the same but with a little research it's clear there is always more to the story.
the outsider (26 days ago)
+Abby Gayle well true, but not all zoos are like that, and this thing with sharks is a rescue because these kinds of sharks are really going extinct. but a lot low budget zoos are low quality bad but zoos in New York and do mean zoos because its says it titled o. A sign look very humane I seen the. Happy and also in the video it's clear that that this place is TRYING to do its best for the shark. The reason why it's a "show" because if you gonna save it why not let people view it as well and make some money. It makes sense in order to supply there needs. And bad zoos are just poor and usually get shut down. I understand where you are coming from but people seem to have a bias against zoos that aren't all true.
Abby Gayle (26 days ago)
the outsider no dear that's why the we sanctuaries ! Zoo are for profit . I have seen for myself . At the OMAHA ZOO in Nebraska I saw beautiful wild cats pacing back and forth in small cages with nothing natural but cement around them. They were zoned out like any human would be trapped for a long time. They were deeply suffering psychologically and broken. It was the saddest thing I have ever seen and from that day I have been against zoos !! A sanctuary allows animals to run free in a natural environment with others of its kind. A zoo confines them and does it for show and profit. Big difference !
Mat S (1 month ago)
Aquariums are abhorrent
Cheng-Cian Li (1 month ago)
How about: we put humans in tanks/cages and put them in the ocean so sharks and other marine lifeforms can view them as an attraction, like what we are doing to them
L V (1 month ago)
Let it go. Nobody wants to see a great white that badly to justify these projects. People are fine watching shark videos on YouTube of them in their natural habitat I’m sure.
Karen Me (1 month ago)
We can say stop killing the sharks how ever long we want or protect our planet but deep down you know we would protest if Zoos or aquarium would be taken away Im just saying....
Kate O (1 month ago)
How about...leaving them alone?
Jay Ramirez (1 month ago)
Imagine humans being caught and being placed in tanks or cages? What do we call those type of actions against human?🤔 crazy just to impress people and make some money they’ll go hunting for animals taking them out of their habitat but hey it’s ok if you have money you can do what ever you want.
Enzo Gallardo (1 month ago)
Still dont got the answer... Why are they dying?

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