Why no aquarium has a great white shark 2016 Olympics: What Rio doesn’t 10 months ago   05:54

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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.

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Hamna
There are plenty of fishes in the sea. Leave the shark alone 🦈
K F
how hard would it be to make an ocean equivalent to the wild animal park in san diego? something that is many miles of space, but sectioned off, with a tube for humans to walk through and just hope to see something. enough space for sharks to roam freely, but sectioned off so they can't leave. then it would just be a matter of maintaining the population to be large enough that the human patrons are likely to see a few and not feel like they wasted their admission fee. I know that there are people who own large plots of fenced off land with wildlife that they hunt and also feed and monitor the population levels. people who hunt deer in their literal backyard, and carefully maintain the population. why can't we do that for sharks? not to hunt but if anything to build up the population, and maybe even release them into the wild as needed, with admission fees supporting the whole operation? I think we could do that. maybe it's just a bit too ambitious. we would rather just put them in a bathtub and hope they survive.
Ruby Plays
Excuse me...Whale Shark Become a Shark now?? i thought it is the biggest fish. 3:38 My teacher is Wrong Or This Channel Is telling a lie
The Hiking Viking
this is some serious late stage capitalism.
brandon chan
Just surround the ocean's perimeter with glass and call it the largest aquarium in the world.
honeys tutorials
"It didn't fit in the tank" wow I wonder why🙄🤔😠
Samantha Nope
Leave the sharks alone!!! To know they keep doing it over and over and humans still don’t get it!
The Stephie Bagley
They’re not used to these tight spaces do used to swimming around freely and doing whatever they want without being enclosure in a space to be shown for human pleasure the reason why they weren’t in a aquarium in the first place is because they don’t belong there like other fish do sometimes so just leave them alone and stick with keeping other fish in the aquarium for human attractions
carla klaasen
The irony that humans are the most inhuman creatures on this planet...
Takwa Mejlissi
Watching this made me sick!
Keenan Mclaren
Yall forgot to look in south Africa Durban...Ushaka Marine world Durban....we do anything here
Jim Taylor
Aquariums need sharks with freaking laser beams attached to their heads
Исадора Савич
HOW DO THEY SLEEP
sandrompalma
Ridiculous!
Harco Malter
Humans can sometimes be the dumbest species out there.
CardinalRule
Man, leave these poor sharks alone!
Donald Savage
Some people say Eve eating an apple caused troubles. I say it is 'man' having "dominion over the earth". It's been downhill ever since with humans sticking their noses where they don't belong.
Trevor Creager
Monterey Bay had a 4 footer in a tank last I went. It probably died
Sofia Ianko
I wonder if we’ll always be this selfish
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2016 Olympics: What Rio doesn’t Why no aquarium has a great white shark 10 months ago   08:37

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Rio is hiding poor people.

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The 2016 Olympics are set to begin in just over a month in Rio de Janeiro. As the city prepares to receive an influx of international visitors, it is building new infrastructure and transportation systems to accommodate the surge. But the city is also undergoing another major project: hiding and removing poor people from view of foreign onlookers. I went to Rio to see how the city is transforming to make way for the Olympics

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