Why no aquarium has a great white shark 2016 Olympics: What Rio doesn’t 8 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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Ivy
In my aquarium (not in my house) there are firckin hammer head XD

(In California btw it’s not elegl)
Chalchiuhtlicue
Wow I remember hearing about one shark at the Monterey bay aquarium, I didn't know they had more than that
reaaliaa
i can’t wait to see the day keeping animals in captivity is considered cruelty.
金정욱
Rilpelys Aquarium in Canada has sharks
Patrick Lloyd
We recently tried in Japan. It died instantly for no reason. These kinds of sharks just literally can't be kept contained for any length of time.
Minna
I wanted to play "devil's advocate" and consider why people may want to put these animals in captivity. Yes, money. But also I think the educational value of actually seeing a shark/animals in captivity, although not ideal at all for the animal, can be valuable to conservation as a whole. Sparking the public's intrigue and knowledge in nature by making them more assessable I've found is important to pushing positive change.
Seth K
Cuz they eat everything!!!!
Sunny Sharma
They will not stop trying and experimenting because they want an attraction for the business to grow... think something else and let them live their lives... 😡
pesto98
But i still wonder what the scientific reason behind them dying after being held in captivity is
David Still
I wonder why this fast-moving, 15-foot long OPEN OCEAN fish wouldn’t survive in a small aquarium
Barbara Quaye
"The question, thus, isn’t whether they can talk, or whether they can reason. The real question is; can they feel pain? Do they have a capacity to suffer?" These sharks all suffered death for the sake of people to look at them behind glass. Its like a strange black mirror episode
Rebecca Richards
You mean a wild animal not doing well in captivity? Who would have thought.
Alexandra Burrowes
Omg just leave the poor sharks alone! :(((
Red Nigga
Just keep dem hoes in the ocean💀 i mean who df gonna pay to see them? Ima just keep my 40 bucks.
Xavier Chaser
They beat themselves to death
Sasha Wambui
Maybe they keep dying cause they AREN'T SUPPOSED to be in tanks.
mike shinoda
Imagine sharks owning a human aquarium
Danny Yoder
Look, you are dealing with same ilk of people who have dropped elephants from aircraft. Wonder why they died?
They have ran horses ( and dog teams) until their lungs bursted.
They have herded cows to brutal slaughterhouse practice, they have enclosed whales and dolphins in tiny pools.
They perform horrible and shocking " scientific" experiments on animals.

They have donated money to research, have they?
The Bible says " even their tender mercies are cruel"
I quit
Background music?
Steven Pham
Selling tickets to C World at pelican bay where you can see gangsters live in there natural ecosystems. After that we'll go to the zoo!😟
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2016 Olympics: What Rio doesn’t Why no aquarium has a great white shark 8 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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