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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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If they were ever to keep a great white alive in a tank. I would boycott the aquarium. It's the last thing I would ever want to see. Man being cruel for the sake of money and sick entertainment.
xxxtentacion (1 day ago)
1 million gallon tank is not good for sharks try to do 1 billion gallon tank
spiritbuu (1 day ago)
Zoos and Aquariums are cruel and must be shutdown.
Jake the dog (1 day ago)
Would've been nice to see. To bad nature hasn't come up with making one nice enough for a white
Bob James (1 day ago)
You should do a story on why the state will give me a fine if I try to keep a great white shark
zoë lettuce (2 days ago)
all these animal shouldn't be taken out of their habitat just for human entertainment! imagine how whales feel when taken out of their environment and put in a tiny tank.
brainbalcony (2 days ago)
I also found this weird that those sharks who evolved for millions of years to survive the open ocean face troubles with aquarium walls. ...Probably your worse video @vox_observatory ... While in the 21 century more an more people are concerned about their own (and ours, as humans) impact on animal life and nature, I wonder why are you presenting the death of those sharks in such a casual way, as if it is normal that they died in an attempt to draw crowds at the aquarium's doors ?
Gianna Turner (4 days ago)
How about the sharks take us to the ocean that’s not fun now is it keep them in the ocean and we’ll keep ourselves in land!
Isabella 98 (4 days ago)
I wonder if we could make digital aquariums? Like with projections instead of animals.
Leonie Gureghian (4 days ago)
Marine animals, forests' inhabitants, jungles' wild beauties ... ALL of them BELONG in their habitat; not aquariums, not zoos ... God has created, made them FREE creatures ... Who are we to enforce our own law upon them?
Thomas Bennett (5 days ago)
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Sreerej Sree (5 days ago)
Because Trump??🤔🤔🤔🤔
Levi Bullen (5 days ago)
Uhm, the commenters here would be 0 fun at a zoo.
Felix Balulu (5 days ago)
It will eat the aquarium, that's why.
itsssdante Campregher (6 days ago)
damn I thought it was cuz they ate people
Samantha Gardner (6 days ago)
It’s almost as if they don’t belong there
DaebakBea (6 days ago)
I think they actually decided to put an end to the project because it didn't repay their financial efforts to create all that structure. The sharks probably die out of stress or something in their organism that fails after recognizing the absence of their natural habitat. Come on, humans. Try to imagine. There you are, walking back home after buying some bread or even after a nice trip to a BK or MD. Then, out of nowhere a shark kidnaps you as you're crossing the street and takes you to a mysterious nowhere in the open waters of the ocean, puts you in a tiny (and I mean tiny!) island with only enough food the sharks consider necessary for your survival. I don't know about you, but I'd activate my fight-or-flight mode in 3 days for sure.
YL (6 days ago)
For those people who take pleasure out of making sharks live in these aquariums. Go sit in a box for the rest of your life too, and tell me how much you liked it before you die.
Austin Taylor (7 days ago)
Simple answer who daf would feed it and want to be near it
XelZryss (7 days ago)
Lol jameskii?
jackpaice (8 days ago)
Zoos and Aquariums are so last century. I don't see why it's so cool to go see depressed animals confined to cages. I wish this example would be enlightening to the powers that be.
Sydnie Allen (9 days ago)
Just more proof on why animals are wild and don’t need to be tamed.
Marissa Pedroza (10 days ago)
if people want to see a shark so bad they can do a shark dive
ario rachmat wibowo (10 days ago)
Well that's an effort..
Molly McGlynn (12 days ago)
Wow it’s almost like they’re supposed to live in the ocean and not in a tank
Cyril Chamakh (12 days ago)
BeeMiner (13 days ago)
Poor shark ;_;
Basilisk (14 days ago)
Just build an underwater aquarium instead
Emanuel Ser (15 days ago)
So then dogs should be called land sharks
Abhishek Choudhary (15 days ago)
Spare some please. What is the curiosity to see them? Let them live.
James Wisrik (16 days ago)
Why? For $$$. Stop. Stupid. Stop.
cesar leon (17 days ago)
they are too badass, just let them alone.
Mindfook Films (17 days ago)
Hey humans, leave them sharks alone.
The Terra (18 days ago)
A bit cruel aye
Humongous Olmec Head (5 days ago)
Marcel Davis (18 days ago)
I remember when that happened in Monterey. I was about 6 and we went on a school field trip to our bay aquirum and I was just mesmerized and mind blown the entire time watching it move around.
Cheryl Rose (19 days ago)
No tank is good enough to replicate the ocean. Leave them alone jesus
Scott H (21 days ago)
Monterey bay aquarium, best of the best.
Rubaiyat Mamun (21 days ago)
Why bother? Leave them where they naturally belong.
Connor mitchell (22 days ago)
Um have u been to australia
Humongous Olmec Head (5 days ago)
or south africa
enrique velasquez (23 days ago)
Why is a white killer shark called THE GREAT WHITE SHARK and the back one is called THE KILLER WHALE
White Rabbitt (23 days ago)
The only Good SHark is a Dead Shark. Period
ye hai mera india (24 days ago)
Stop killing them. If you want to see them visit their house -"sea"..! Humans are just hopeless for non humans.
Kazuki Katsuhito (24 days ago)
lets just kill all sharks ....fckem
dheirus Lollis (24 days ago)
ive seen the release of a great white when I was younger. Didn't know how lucky I was
Jn Mc (24 days ago)
For humans we build fences and walls to keep them out... for animals we build fences and walls to keep them in.
Cosmic Fool (7 days ago)
w..what? If humans choose to put themselves in jail, then why do we have cops, lawyers, judges, and trials? Also, are you honestly saying an innocent man has never been put in prison? Nice try, but your logic is very faulty.
Jn Mc (8 days ago)
Humans choose themselves to be put behind bars. Animals don't.
Cosmic Fool (9 days ago)
We also build walls to keep humans in, and we call them prisons. We also build fences to keep animals out, and we call them... pretty much every fence not at a zoo.. Very profound.
4k3el (24 days ago)
Easy build a tunnel to the aquarium lol
Alex vs Rita (25 days ago)
too free to survive in a tank
Tony Abbot (25 days ago)
I’ve got one in my pool wtf are you guys on about?
vearak Ngeth (25 days ago)
What they have it because i said they do
The Internet (26 days ago)
Why does this video not answer the question it poses until the very end of the video and even then only partially. The first 3/4th of the video is about how difficult it is to keep a shark alive in captivity and how hard it was for the only institution that had a mild amount of success to accomplish it.
Enkryptron (26 days ago)
Give me liberty or give me death!! - says the shark, probably.
freakymoejoe2 (26 days ago)
Is it just me or did this not really explain why the sharks die in captivity? Is it just from bumping into the glass? Or the diet?
Great white is to dangerous it a masive killer that will break aquarium
Illy Mayo (27 days ago)
Leave the sharks alone
Dude sounds like Microsoft Sam 1:08
Camden1313 (28 days ago)
I'm against any animal in captivity. I don't care how big the tank/cage/enclosure is. All these "humane"efforts just so people can view these animals..all so money can be made. The human species is disgusting.
racingsponga (28 days ago)
I got to see one at monterey aquarium, during feeding
Kermit khor (29 days ago)
orca can stay but it eats everything
David Hillman (30 days ago)
OMG. I RECOGNISE YOU! You are the chick who gets the Asian alcohol allergy thing that makes your skin red, right?
Naiomis' Cocoon (1 month ago)
NPAMike (1 month ago)
Wouldn't it just be cheaper to take the people to the pen where they kept the shark in the ocean. Most aquariums are near the ocean why not have a ocean aquarium that visitors can take a boat to.
Matthew Morrissey (1 month ago)
Not sure why the the great white died in open after they released it.. Well it's simply down to not developing survival tactics during captivity.. I'm not someone who agrees with zoo's or and means of animal capturing.. But I am someone who cares for the safety redevelopment of animals in the wild and population growth / strengthening there numbers for an eternity....
Oscar Korlowsky (1 month ago)
Nature is strange but the ocean is even stranger
GG Adamss (1 month ago)
Samaneh B (1 month ago)
What's wrong with humanbeing?!
eloisetheartist (1 month ago)
this is peak capitalism
Melissa Thomas (1 month ago)
Nathan Poirier (1 month ago)
here's another idea, how about keep animals wild...how would you like to be caged.
mightybfool C (1 month ago)
Ugh Just leave the poor things alone. Bring the people to it
ANKIT K. MISHRA (1 month ago)
Why only sharks.....i am also not in support of zoo,animals spending their whole life in confinement just for demonstration..
Drunken Master II (1 month ago)
I wonder why they don't have blue whales in any aquariums.
Cosmic Fool (9 days ago)
Because they're all too sad. Okay, terrible pun. I'm done now. I will leave you fine folks alone.
'Abd ar Rahman (1 month ago)
they get depressed
Livia Konickova (1 month ago)
IFFI (1 month ago)
Lets put humans in a cage and aquarium. See how they feel. Most belong in a zoo anyway.
Cosmic Fool (7 days ago)
Hmm, can't seem to find anywhere in my post that says Animals deserve jail time, so I'm not sure what you're on about. I was simply explaining to the OP that we put humans in cages all the time. Sooo, what was that about thinking before we (type)? My name does suit me. I am a cosmic fool. Are you not?
IFFI (9 days ago)
+Cosmic Fool You have a very limited understanding of freedom ,luxury and relative animal and human nature and condition. And what did animals do to deserve "jailtime?" Think before you type. Your name suits you. O the irony.
Cosmic Fool (9 days ago)
Putting humans in a cage is called Jail, we do that all the time. They don't generally like it, but they don't have the same luxuries as an animal in a zoo. Give a human a nice house and food and keep bringing him mates, he'll probably do well enough in captivity. In an aquarium, however, they'd probably just drown. Humans aren't exactly an aquatic species.
MK Uis (1 month ago)
build a 3D torus tank, it is boundaryless but finite in volume, problem solved
MK Uis (1 month ago)
mammal? u can feed some spectators to the shark, it's free food
Hadiyah Isaacs (1 month ago)
Puzzles me how scientists could only have deduced after a few sharks died as to why they're dying -_- Geniuses. We're all for progress but this is just unnecessary. Take people to them.
Andrea Roa (1 month ago)
Maybe instead of stealing sharks and keeping them in captivity maybe create a safer way of viewing sharks and sea life in the actual ocean
The background music had ruined the video.
mitchell dring (1 month ago)
This is so sad,good old americans at it again,reducing numbers of a species in order to make money.....typical ignorance of you race
Greg Dundee (1 month ago)
Just leave animals alone, they don't bother us, so why should we continue to bother them
fopifop fopifop (1 month ago)
Humans are the worst species on planet Earth.
R2D2 SL (1 month ago)
Just leave the dawn sharks alone.
Megara Lyons (1 month ago)
4:35 not sure how it died?? You kept it for nearly two months and as it tried to possibly adapt, you then release it. By then it was getting used to not bumping into walls and probably was nervous about doing the same even though it was finally free. It probably didn’t move right after being in captivity and suffered adverse health effects. Ugh. Dumbass humans.
High Flakez (1 month ago)
And theres a new movie. "The Meg"
High Flakez (1 month ago)
Blue In red (1 month ago)
For the sake of the country please feed Trumpfuck’s fat ass to one of those great white beauties!!!
BlackPage (1 month ago)
I saw a great white at the new Jersey state aquarium.....
Russian Waffles (1 month ago)
Tbh the only actual acceptable reason to keep these things in captivity is for research and other scientific examination.
Vishal Yadav (1 month ago)
Lesson learned, leave the great whites alone!!!!
VIKAS DANGI (1 month ago)
Yeah #nomorecageandaquiraimfor living being
TheDragonaf1 (1 month ago)
Soul link?
LfoCvO Games (1 month ago)
In Malaysia we have great white shark in an aquarium I saw like 10 of em
Diamond Panda IRL (1 month ago)
Thanks for the recommendation Nappy
Eric (1 month ago)
Any else here from KingNappy???
ReijiAoeGirl666 (1 month ago)
Just leave the sharks alone, easy as that.
infiresos ‵‵ (1 month ago)
Leave them alone.
B10K PlaysGames (1 month ago)
Sea world: Getting great white sharks into our locations is very hard and difficult and they won't last very long, so for those reasons, I'm out.
Saša Stajić (1 month ago)
Maybe the get depressed
Wesley Lewis (1 month ago)
What a waste of money. It’s also mean.

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