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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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Mark (4 hours ago)
L L (1 day ago)
Humans are jerks
Satan-is-my-daddy (1 day ago)
Instead of spending money to keep the animals in captivity, better invest in helping them...
Chey (2 days ago)
All of you guys act like these sharks dying are affecting you like let's be real none of you give two shits about the sharks. I, for one, thought it was extremely generous of them to release the sharks after noticing that they were being damaged instead of letting them suffer for profit.
Amanda Marie (3 days ago)
Hi, have you seen Meg? THATS WHY! LEAVE THEM IN THE OCEAN.
VolcanicGaming (3 days ago)
C as n yhey just leave these wonderful fish in the ocean before there numbers dwindle down to near extinct
VolcanicGaming (3 days ago)
Hmmm they released a shark after it grew up in a tank and was being fed fish and wonder why it died in a habitat were they have to fish for themselves makes logical sense
Rob Draper (8 days ago)
How is this justified?
Rohith Krishna (8 days ago)
She's cute.
This not accurate as Cape Town Aquarium is home too a number of Great white sharks
pincmin (10 days ago)
I hate to see highly intelligent creatures in captivity. A crab would eat its mother and doesn't care about anything as long as it's kept well fed, but highly intelligent and social animals in captivity break my heart. Sea mammals, dolphins for instance, social and affectionate creatures used for entertainment purposes, so that people can interact with them and take cute pictures, that has to stop.
Magneto Rex (10 days ago)
imprisoning living things for human entertainment is wrong on so many levels
John Godfrey Malig (11 days ago)
Ethics? No? Well, alright then...
A Katsuki-Nikiforov (11 days ago)
yo why do people get excited seeing a mf shark in a tank wtf
Fernando G (12 days ago)
I have no desire to see a shark up close and I'm pretty sure the shark feels the same way about me.... We need to learn to leave nature alone to do what she's done for millenia with or without us around.
NoodleDaddy (12 days ago)
dogs are land sharks
Dragon Forest AJ (14 days ago)
Human 1: *Puts shark in tank* Shark 1: *Dies* Human: HMMMMMMMM *Puts shark 2 in bigger tank* Shark 2: *Dies* Human 2: What if we get a smaller one so it won't die as quickly? Human 1: Sounds humane enough
Anne L (14 days ago)
This is one of the reasons i've never gone to an ocean park or whatever. I'd rather see them on their natural habitat. Also, been to a zoo (once) when i was a kid and realized soon enough that it's not fun at all. It makes me wonder what these people who go to these places think? How can they enjoy and look so happy?
Adham Ahmed (14 days ago)
damn shark killers
Gael MZ (15 days ago)
When I was a kid my family were going to an acuarium with sharks and I was very exited because I though there would be a great white shark but there wasn’t and I got sad
nataliia glynkina (15 days ago)
Amazingly intelligent way to spend money..
River Yang (15 days ago)
At least the Japanese didn't eat it
leah holmes (15 days ago)
Just leave them alone! Its obviously proven that they don’t do well in captivity at all this is animal cruelty if people want to see Great white sharks then they should do so in the ocean there are cages making it safe to do so
FockingWanka (16 days ago)
just leave the sharks alone ....
Juman Al Balushi (16 days ago)
The concept of zoos, aquariums, and circuses that involve animals should be banished. Animals are not there for our entertainment!! If they’re endangered then there are reservations for them but why bring them to where they don’t belong!! I never understood the concept!!
QQminusS (16 days ago)
Guy, I was mostly thinking we should hunt down every last one of these things and eat them all. The world would be a better place if it lacked great white sharks.
Ben C (17 days ago)
I hope that we do find a way to properly hold sharks, for only one reason, to protect them. Currently, sharks are being hunted to extinction and I'm just scared that if we don't find a way soon we won't have sharks anymore.
Tariq Hadaidi (17 days ago)
For all the people who think they're sick and twisted for capturing a white shark, remember that they did not know the effects it could have on the shark. MANY aquatic animals do perfectly fine in aquariums, sometimes they even flourish. They thought that if other animals can survive in captivity, why cant a Great White Shark? As it turned out, they can't. That is why they have stopped all operations of capturing and containing these sharks. Who knows, maybe in the future, we would have ways to contain them in a environment that is comfortable for them.
Junghee (17 days ago)
The video says it for itself but I wish you would be more blunt and just say that captivity causes the early and unnatural death of these animals. Just say that these people are only out for money and don't care about the animals they are taking from their natural habitat, that they think that the revenue they earn is worth the inevitable death they know they will cause.
Markus Villum Grevsen (17 days ago)
Quick explanation They die just simply die
jbrasco5000 (18 days ago)
An adult male Orca is 5 times the size (mass) of a great white but can adapt to those paddle pools they put them in. The instinctive shark can last 3 to 6 months but the adaptive Orca 20 - 30 years... Those poor sharks keep bumping their nose until they die. On the other hand the Orca indures 30 years of prison. In its body and its mind..... There is a lot of crap out there from SeaWorld saying "we care for our animal's" I'm sure they do.... Buy key thing is , instinctive fish or adaptive whale, evolution has produced two fine specimen's that deserve to roam. Why, because that is how they evolved. Like the dudes post before me, get in a boat and go see them in the wild... And if you can't afford that, go to Imax. And if that's not good enough. Ask someone who knows about these animals and where they are. Aussie, SA, USA, NZ, Canada, Sri Lanka, India.... I could keep going, with the right guide u can see these animals anywhere
Candace Carmer (19 days ago)
Stop the madness! Great whites aren't just some gold fish you can plop in a giant bowl and flush when you're done with it.
Michaelveli9 (19 days ago)
They probably just miss the seaweed 😁
Mahvish (20 days ago)
deeply, deeply sad
George Alderson (19 days ago)
I think it would be better to introduce humans into the shark's environment rather than the other way round. Blessings and peace Mahvish
Shay Kitoffe (20 days ago)
I wonder what shark taste like
Red Nes Godzilla (21 days ago)
I’m here before Justin.Y is
Demon-鬼 (21 days ago)
bruh cause it’s just too great 😂
Blue Hoodie8 (22 days ago)
Lol all the comments are about letting sharks stay in the ocean, but none of them are about letting the fishes, the turtles... in the ocean.
Blue Hoodie8 (22 days ago)
Great white shark, hardest to catch, hardest to keep.
Dunecigar (22 days ago)
That awesome animal died in just 3 days... such a shame and waste.
ashlyn💛 (22 days ago)
I’d pay my ticket to the aquarium just for you to LEAVE the shark in the ocean where it belongs. Take my profit, leave the shark.
skysthe limitvideos (24 days ago)
The whole point of modern zoos and aquariums is to preserve species through breeding programs and to a lesser extent education. If the shakes die as soon as they’re caught you should just leave them in the ocean.
Alif Mehedi (24 days ago)
Do they commit suicide?
Vivek Krishnaa (27 days ago)
I just saw the same video in bright side
runningwolfkenpo (27 days ago)
You can see sharks on almost every cable channel. There s no reason to put these beautiful creatures in enclosures that are going to kill them. Stop trying.
sybylo (28 days ago)
Thanos should snap twice. We are a horrible species
Christie Rv (29 days ago)
As much as sharks scare me it made me kinda sad when they said they wouldn't eat or they needed help swimming. Poor things😣
Ali-Musa Kaba (29 days ago)
We humans, we kill off everything for the sake of spectatorship. Zoos, aquariums = not the natural, open habitat
AmbikaThe Awesome (29 days ago)
The sharks lived in the massive ocean, then they are put into a tank that is so much smaller than the ocean.
Jay Harper (30 days ago)
Here’s an crazy Idea 🤔 how about just leave them in the ocean WHERE THEY BELONG. duhhh 🤷🏾‍♀️ problem solve.
Wolfannater the king (30 days ago)
If you wanna to see a great white go on YouTube or just go cage diving
George Thompson (30 days ago)
It is impossible to keep a great white in captivity because of the shark's size and the fact they must keep moving due to their size and the way they sleep when they sleep its gliding through the water towards the bottom at an angle these sharks can grow to 23ft. in length and the girth on these animals is phenomenal they may last in captivity anywhere from 3-5 days depending on the size and depth of aquarium these animals must remain in the open ocean to live not in a aquarium where their lifespan will be cut short these are magnificent animals and we can appreciate them better by leaving them where they are free ...in the ocean 🐬
Anakin Skywalker (30 days ago)
Cos they badmuthas.
Migg V (30 days ago)
Migg V (30 days ago)
John Rambo (1 month ago)
Wanna keep a Great White in a aquarium for years? Keep it simple. Make a aguarium in a thick glass/plexiglass circular tunnel, like the Large Hadron Collider but make it a circumference of a 1/4 of a mile or 2 miles instead of 17 miles. The stupid shark wont keep bumping into the wall and will think its open ocean swimming.
Au&Lexi (6 days ago)
Why do you have to call the shark *"stupid"* ?
GRAPEJUICE malone (1 month ago)
If you put a human in captivity. We get depressed just the same with animals. No wonder they died.
Lozza Waller (1 month ago)
anyone else think of liza on her surfboardwhen the video mentioned " sea dogs "?? no? just me?
Melanie Liu (1 month ago)
Can’t understand why aquariums and zoos like to collect animals, just leave them live and stop destroying their habitat is the least we can’t do
Blue Heron Guidance (1 month ago)
There is NO need for these beautiful creatures to be in a tank. Shame on these people.
god says (1 month ago)
I like how the comments are with sharks
Au&Lexi (6 days ago)
Are you not?
sdyrcha ダニエル (1 month ago)
Isn’t there something called ‘studying animals in there natural habitats to learn their normal behavior’?.. I shouldn’t have watched this, I’m frustrated with people right now. The answer is right there.
Run13 Buddhabrot (1 month ago)
the clue is in the word "captivity"
Z H (1 month ago)
How are we to fully understand the animals if we can't ever observe them in captivity
kevin coleman (29 days ago)
you kidding right? - they don't act natural in captivity. observe them in the natural habit
Outros (1 month ago)
Porque* e não "por que", no título da versão em português.
truely seen (1 month ago)
Does anyone care what animals have to go through just so we can look at them
LBG (1 month ago)
Sharks are my favourite animals,if they die I'll be very sad (edit: if they die out and dont exist anymore
Purple haze (1 month ago)
Freedom fighters!
Dimas Wahyu Pratama (1 month ago)
Greetings my dearest Vox. Just want to inform you that someone stole your content, this video to be specific. They even use the same exact thumbnail. Here is the link. https://youtu.be/fn741qV6Xek Best regards from one of your viewers ❤
Merlin Arthur (1 month ago)
*baby shark doo doo doo doo doo....* 3x *baby shark!* 🦈🦈🦈
katie golden (30 days ago)
Merlin Arthur - Good one! 😂😂😂✌
dacealksne (1 month ago)
get a nap or something
SCOTTMCKAY1982 (1 month ago)
weird how they keep dying
Shrimp Fried rice (1 month ago)
Baby shark a doo loo ;)
Farzana Achal (1 month ago)
why did this video make me feel sad for sharks
Andrew C (1 month ago)
humans do too much blud
Archie Ames (1 month ago)
You snowflakes freaking out. They're learning to take care of them so they can understand them better. Not only will they be able to take care of sharks better in the future rather than leaving them to die they contribute to scientific understanding. Plus a shark is just a fish. No more intellectually complex than what you had for dinner just bigger.
Kaynan van Ego (1 month ago)
I'm not sure, but I'm from Germany, and I found 3 videos with the same name, but in German.
Nadeem Mohammed (1 month ago)
I have a hypothesis on why they are dying. For breathing sharks swim all the time even when they are asleep. While in the aquarium they are not able to sleep as they hit the the walls of the aquarium. This might be the reason why there are bruises near their nostrils.
Brooklyn Pham (1 month ago)
Whale sharks?
jen — (1 month ago)
This why I've never been to an aquarium. It's a greedy business that exploits animals for public amusement.
Lol Hehehe (1 month ago)
Os japoneses comeram muito sushi
Nick002 (1 month ago)
A Sharks sole mindset is to hunt. Take that away and they know they might as well be dead
Jaee Miyahhh (1 month ago)
So why do we care about sharks lol?
Ryan Nyce (1 month ago)
Most beautiful animal at 5:19
The most destructive and invasive animal on Earth is the human.
Here's an idea! 🗣️😱 How about you leave the great white sharks in the ocean and figure out a way of removing that floating island of plastic pollution. That I would give money too.
+HrClaims thanks I will
HrClaims (1 month ago)
this already exists. Feel free to donate! https://www.youtube.com/user/TheOceanCleanup
Howard Lovecraft (1 month ago)
Fake news. The REAL reason you dont see great white sharks in captivity is because all the tanks are already filled with black sharks. Racist joke.
Ludovico Dellavecchia (1 month ago)
They live better in the tornadoes
Movies World (1 month ago)
make a flat aquarium because earth is flat
hiiiimymelody (1 month ago)
It's so sad to see the lengths that these aquariums go to to make a profit. Please do not visit zoos and aquariums. Every dollar you spend is a vote for how you want the world to be. Aquariums are businesses, despite how hard they try to taut themselves as educational facilities. As a business, if you stop giving them money, they will go out of business.
dmlevitt (1 month ago)
humans and their good intentions are lethal. humanity is a plague.
Nuckin Futs (1 month ago)
When are humans going to learn that no matter what they build or create it's never going to be a good idea to take a wild creature out of their natural environment? Just leave 'em be, that's all you greedy souls have to do. It requires zero effort, but we simply have to try to control, dominate, and profit off of everything and anything. "Greed and stupidity will end humanity sooner than we expect." - Stephen Hawking
fucken loser (1 month ago)
Poor babies :(
Tina.M. (1 month ago)
How funny I was just at an aquarium in Denver & I wondered why the hell there was no great white shark.
muzamil (1 month ago)
Muslim way:bury them in simple graves (in the soil for bodies to decompose) and after 40 years(time selected by Islam though), till up graveyard again to bury others.even though some "culture-loving-muslims" don't do that(dont bury again at same graveyard),but lot usefull...
storage four (1 month ago)
when do they sleep if they need to move to breath ?
Joseph Logan (1 month ago)
OMG da heck I Justin and
L DP (1 month ago)
Instead of designing these kind of shits why don't we spend our efforts for something actually useful?
GeoPlayer123 (1 month ago)
To the people saying this is horrible: Im sorry, but its human nature to gain a profit from something. It probably won't change.
Bishal Debnath (1 month ago)
It's good info 👍👍👍
Frag Zilla (1 month ago)
WSLM! White Shark Lives Matter.....

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