Why no aquarium has a great white shark

  • Опубликовано: 8 июл 2016
  • 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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Комментарии • 20 253

  • Kell Harris
    Kell Harris День назад

    Why keep take them if they keep dying seriously!?

  • UWCB
    UWCB 2 дня назад

    I worked in an aquarium that kept sand tiger sharks. All their noses were severely damaged from running into the walls. The staff truly cared for the animals, but it was impossible to not see how captivity harmed them.

  • Ziggy Roddis
    Ziggy Roddis 2 дня назад

    I make videos please check them out

  • J Tan
    J Tan 2 дня назад

    this is so sad and disgusting. why would people keeping intentionally bring live shark knowing that we are not able to keep them alive? just for exhibition which only last for days? this is purely irresponsible and arrogant.

  • Hocky Monkey
    Hocky Monkey 2 дня назад

    At 1:30 wait im about 10 mins away from there and ive been there and seen the shark

  • Baldr's Dreams
    Baldr's Dreams 3 дня назад

    Yeah well the disrespect the Japanese show the ocean is unreal. Troggish people, in that respect.

  • kespos2100
    kespos2100 4 дня назад


  • Mlungisi Mdwaba
    Mlungisi Mdwaba 4 дня назад

    Just leave the damn animals alone

  • joe leija
    joe leija 4 дня назад

    Because everyone saw jaws

  • ·•• Joker5 ••·
    ·•• Joker5 ••· 5 дней назад

    And still they got Orcas...make me want to murder...

  • Harri v'Jah
    Harri v'Jah 6 дней назад +1

    4:23 _'They're not sure why'_ it died LOL ...hmm... and these are the people that purport to love marine life and preach conservation
    *Marine Biologist:* "We were just minded our biness see, sharky came by askin for direction, mwaah!'
    'bada-bing-bada boom, sharky's found sleepin wit da fishes! Nuttin to do wit us see!'

  • Be Cool
    Be Cool 6 дней назад

    There is only one viable way to do this. You would need to create an Atlantis aquarium under the sea.

  • Sydney P.
    Sydney P. 6 дней назад

    Caging animals should be illegal for this very reason

  • dominic jo
    dominic jo 7 дней назад

    I believe that they still doin the research till now. Feel sad for those shark. Leave them alone

  • peaou
    peaou 8 дней назад

    for biodiversity, like this video. amazing illustrations, wow!

  • Elizabeth McCormick
    Elizabeth McCormick 9 дней назад

    Whoa, why didn't I know about the other 4?

  • Elizabeth McCormick
    Elizabeth McCormick 9 дней назад

    I saw both of those sharks, it was amazing!

  • E - Paige
    E - Paige 9 дней назад

    Oh my god, so much death in the name of money. This is bullshit.

  • Aditya tiwari
    Aditya tiwari 9 дней назад

    poor sharks

  • Ai Fan
    Ai Fan 10 дней назад

    Reminds me of the documentary "Black Fish". Very sad.

  • Jackie V
    Jackie V 10 дней назад

    I hate that people can’t leave these animals alone

  • sean craig
    sean craig 10 дней назад

    Just put bumpers on their noses.

  • Megakussh
    Megakussh 11 дней назад

    “Great Blue Shark” is not made to be a human toy

  • circusboy90210
    circusboy90210 12 дней назад

    miami seaquarium has several.

  • Adolf Hitler's Daughter
    Adolf Hitler's Daughter 12 дней назад

    Shark lives matter

  • Kittydog Luna rk
    Kittydog Luna rk 12 дней назад

    Not only those sharks you only see
    At old hongkong ocean land there is a hammerhead sharks and its real!!!!!
    I was there at old honkong and there is also land living animals.

  • Ratben
    Ratben 12 дней назад

    Big ocean animals should not be contained behind walls.

  • Harekiet
    Harekiet 13 дней назад

    Just wait for the next Sharknado and you can see the sharks up close

  • Error Not Found!!
    Error Not Found!! 14 дней назад +2

    Aren’t they endangered? This should be illegal

  • chittzz33
    chittzz33 14 дней назад

    Hang on a min, I was just doing my monthly binge of watching tonnes of various vox videos for hours until the related videos section takes me off in another wild and random tangent, like most people do to pass the time xD (anyway back to my original point) so after watching this vid I started scrolling down and realised that this video has 19 MILLION VIEWS!!!! WTF!!! I don't understand why this video is so huge compared to any other and much better vox video???

  • Small Moustache Man
    Small Moustache Man 14 дней назад

    I feel bad for the sharks

  • Pauline Richter
    Pauline Richter 16 дней назад

    Determination lend cattle xntubm pull muscle full explain relation anyway

  • Pongze Lor
    Pongze Lor 16 дней назад

    People are obsessed with the fact that the great whites are dieing in captivity and not the fact that other sharks can thrive in captivity normally but not great whites.
    Are great whites fragile sharks?

  • Rafa Llamas
    Rafa Llamas 16 дней назад

    Just close all those horrible aquariums, it's against nature and it's wrong

  • 1GoldRunner
    1GoldRunner 16 дней назад

    Wait, so if the Great White Shark in endangered, how on Earth where they able to keep on grabbing them out of the ocean AND kill them multiple times? Corrupt system much.....

  • 1GoldRunner
    1GoldRunner 16 дней назад

    We are a *terrible* species....

  • Philip O'Carroll
    Philip O'Carroll 16 дней назад

    Marine creatures dying in Seaworld, why am I not surprised.

  • David Mendez
    David Mendez 16 дней назад

    New Orleans aquarium has one

  • Lionheart
    Lionheart 17 дней назад

    I have a great white shark in my bathtub wtf? Just pull it out of the ocean and put it in the tub, simple. I usually feed him McMuffins, about 175 a day. I drain the water and refill it every other day to keep him nice and clean. When I need to shower I just use a wrap a ratchet strap around him and pull him out and put him on my bed to stay warm while I bathe. Sometimes I put him in my big aquarium on a cart and walk him around the city and charge people $2 a photo. If you ever want to see him, I’ll be on Hollywood Blvd with him next Monday. Hope to see you guys there!

  • Tristan Wintle
    Tristan Wintle 17 дней назад +1

    Yeah, you're never going to have an easy time containing and keeping an animal that is meant to continually swim for great distances without changing direction AND keeping the animal healthy at the same time. It's pretty much an exercise in futility trying to keep great whites in captivity.

  • Vorchix
    Vorchix 17 дней назад

    Those sharks looked pissed

    11S53 LIAW ZHONG-WEI 18 дней назад

    Maybe they could make the aquarium a one-way mirror? That way the shark would see its own reflection and stay away from the walls.

  • Preety Singh
    Preety Singh 18 дней назад

    stupid researchers😣....rip to those sharks who lost their life on the name of science 🙏

  • maartenboy37
    maartenboy37 19 дней назад

    You know they are becoming an endangered species people! Stop catching them!!!

  • Jon Dunmore
    Jon Dunmore 19 дней назад

    4:50 -- Man, look at that guy attack that giant sunfish! "I can't help myself! I'm a SHARK!"

  • Micheal Star
    Micheal Star 20 дней назад

    like are you born to be in a cage

  • Micheal Star
    Micheal Star 20 дней назад

    because they are not to be in a damn tank

  • Micheal Star
    Micheal Star 20 дней назад

    how about leave the damn animals alone

  • Younes Savana
    Younes Savana 21 день назад

    Sharks doesn't cage you for money and fun

  • Shealyn Millay
    Shealyn Millay 21 день назад

    Animal abuse alert!

  • Julia, I guess
    Julia, I guess 21 день назад

    Could humans Stop pls

  • Daniel Caddies
    Daniel Caddies 21 день назад

    i hate zoos and stuff, if you really want to see a shark go to the ocean, if you want to see a bear than go to there living place. but dont let them be captured and brought to you.

  • maureen bernhardt
    maureen bernhardt 22 дня назад

    They just can't see what this captivity does to these great white sharks. Or the don't want to see

  • Shruti Sarode
    Shruti Sarode 22 дня назад +2

    So they stopped trying to capture sharks because it's resource extensive? I really expected them to say that they don't want any more sharks to die because of these attempts, but they just care about the resources! Pathetic!

  • David McMullan
    David McMullan 22 дня назад

    I saw a school of Whale Sharks in an aquarium in Zhuhai, China. It was amazing.

  • Lady Wolf
    Lady Wolf 22 дня назад +1

    Buwahahaaa it's simple why !!
    Omg educate yourself vox !!
    Great whites are connected to the natural magnetic field of the earth...
    When it goes into captivity the mag field is lost !!

  • Dinojengi ja Kumi-Kalle_139
    Dinojengi ja Kumi-Kalle_139 22 дня назад

    In non-legs plz

  • Spartan 300
    Spartan 300 23 дня назад

    I'm just glad I got to see one of those great whites, since I was a kid I was ecspecting something ginormous and then there was a shark that barely looked bigger than a leopard shark

  • Cloudboy Theo
    Cloudboy Theo 23 дня назад

    She cute af tho

  • JF R
    JF R 23 дня назад +1

    They know the outcome from previous experience, but continue to repeat the same thing, hoping for a new outcome? Idiots.

  • Anthony McDevitt
    Anthony McDevitt 23 дня назад

    I wonder, what if they were to use very high powered pumps around the edges of a tank. I don't think they would be able to get the water to move inwards toward the center of the tank, as you could only place the pumps on the top or bottom. Placing them directly on the side of a tank would essentially prevent it from being viewable.
    But if they placed strong pumps all around the top of the tank, I wonder if the shark could learn. If the entire tank was glass, and looked essentially like endless ocean, I wonder if it could work. That would give the shark a pseudo feeling of freedom, and sense of comfort. And he might be able to learn the ques from being forced downward when he reaches the side.
    I have no idea if this would work or not, it is just a thought. Also, I wonder if they have ever tried to raise a White Shark in a tank environment from birth. That definitely has its own completely new challenges. But if they can keep a small yearling for 6 months, perhaps they could improve and bring in a pregnant shark about to give birth. As soon as she does, remove the mother and any other offspring from the tank.
    Sharks don't rear their young, so the babies are largely living off instinct. That seems to not be a great indicator of success, but it also means that they don't have to keep both a baby and a mother alive together.

  • Mad9977 Productions
    Mad9977 Productions 24 дня назад +1

    Sharks and whales don't belong in tiny aquariums

  • Bearded Bard
    Bearded Bard 24 дня назад

    It takes idiots several years to realize the difference between a tank and open ocean.Bravo.

  • Medina Salymbekova
    Medina Salymbekova 24 дня назад +3

    Goodness, can’t humans just keep them were they belong. Sharks aren’t meant for show viewing and being kept in aquariums.

  • Vlogstafy
    Vlogstafy 25 дней назад

    The sharks should've killed the divers instead. #dontsupportseaworld

  • Даниэлла К
    Даниэлла К 25 дней назад

    Stop going to the aquariums! Stop supporting with money captivity. There is nothing to admire on stolen freedom

  • Drew Crawford
    Drew Crawford 25 дней назад

    Is this the definition of insanity? I think so. Insanity caused by money-grubbing and greed.

  • George Henry Moore
    George Henry Moore 26 дней назад +3

    Here's an idea, why not keep em in the biggest tank, what's it called, oh yeah, THE OCEAN.

  • jUppers
    jUppers 26 дней назад

    so white sharks = big dumb jerks

  • Phantasia _squid
    Phantasia _squid 27 дней назад

    How about just leave the animals tf alone 🙄

  • Johnny Favorite
    Johnny Favorite 27 дней назад

    This was the first RUclip video to address this topic. Many lame Johnny Come Lately videos on the same topic have followed.

  • kaeros fentis
    kaeros fentis 28 дней назад


  • Alleah Fuentes
    Alleah Fuentes 28 дней назад

    I remember signing the petition to get justice for the adult great white in Japan, smh you'd think it would be common sense to not capture those types of animals. What's next 10 attempts to enslave the blue whale?

  • Kristian Brandt
    Kristian Brandt 28 дней назад

    I don't believe in this, but if you were to do this, in theory, I think the best way to go about it would be to hatch the sharks in the habitat, that way they know nothing else. Couple of problems with this though. White sharks give birth to live young, they don't hatch. The other problem is that great whites can live up to 70 years, it'd take years before newly borns would reach a size big enough to really draw in crowds.

  • Lukas De Smet
    Lukas De Smet 29 дней назад

    tone conference dance expose remarkable themselves person four reflection contact

  • sunshine JD
    sunshine JD Месяц назад

    Pretty disgusting how many lives have been wasted just for our entertainment.

  • Matt Isadore
    Matt Isadore Месяц назад

    "they don't do that!!!" very passionate

  • VidGameDunk
    VidGameDunk Месяц назад

    i live in africa and we have great white sharks in our aquariums

  • Nora Dennis
    Nora Dennis Месяц назад

    Just leave them alone. Never understood why you'd want to hold one captive.

  • SpiceTrade Magnate
    SpiceTrade Magnate Месяц назад

    can we put a loan shark on exhibit

  • GamingTV
    GamingTV Месяц назад

    lol have to capture them first to enclose them, that's why

  • Oraro Maochi
    Oraro Maochi Месяц назад

    0:37 wait....that applies to all of us!!

  • TheCrystal0817
    TheCrystal0817 Месяц назад

    why even keep them in aquariums/captivity... it doesnt benefit them at all and theres no reason to do it? let them live their lives in full in the beautiful ocean!

  • bobeagle007
    bobeagle007 Месяц назад +1

    Why keep one at all? Cruel bastards.

  • The Powerman
    The Powerman Месяц назад

    All that suffering and death just so people can stand and gawp. Great stuff.

  • spellwing777
    spellwing777 Месяц назад

    Granted, I can see y'all point saying it's kinda cruel and detrimental to keep killing these increasingly rare animals trying to keep them, but there's a reason behind the madness.
    First, research. It's a lot easier to study an animal in captivity, as you have 24 hr access that's not hampered by weather, hazards, or...not being able to find a freaking shark (big ocean you know).
    Two, conservation. Yes, it sounds ass backwards killing an animal to save it, but they were trying to see if they could keep a shark in a secure location, safe from illegal fishing where-maybe-they could breed it.
    It's a pity they weren't able to keep it though. Perhaps in the future we'll figure out a better solution that'll help further these goals. For now, hope we can save the enviroment it's living in and crack down on the fin trade.

  • Mira R
    Mira R Месяц назад

    Make Great White Sharks Great Again! :) :D ;)

    ADEBISI ADEBISI Месяц назад +1

    What does it matter if they don’t last long? Just get a new one in there.

  • Eben335
    Eben335 Месяц назад

    I expected Vox to use the Latin name Carcharodon carcharias. Not only does this nod to the language from which this media outlet's name originates, it also conscientiously navigates our social issues today. We need to deconstruct the white-ness out of our flora and fauna please.

  • Bmore Queen
    Bmore Queen Месяц назад

    It really is a shame that humans cannot give up their fascination of keeping things in cages, it's really quite sad because obviously if every one of these white sharks continually die after a few days, weeks, or months in captivity then common sense says that they are not meant to be captured. Leave them the hell alone and stop torturing these animals.

  • Dai mon
    Dai mon Месяц назад +2

    Just let them free no one wants to be in captivity

  • Sharon Wah
    Sharon Wah Месяц назад

    Just. Don’t. Keep. Them. Some things aren’t meant to be kept captive. Keeping animals that are meant to roam the ocean freely is badly enough.

  • tankjr84
    tankjr84 Месяц назад

    Maybe we should keep wild animals in the wild

  • S.O.P
    S.O.P Месяц назад

    What do you guys not get they are not meant to be in captivity. No species is meant to be contained smh... So disrespectful and heartless.

  • TheLewisma
    TheLewisma Месяц назад

    Humans should just die off

  • Jesus is Muslim
    Jesus is Muslim Месяц назад

    Because the people are too stupid... The people would love to see a naked stripper than any other mammal... Exploitation and pimping are in white people blood

  • Michael O'Mahony
    Michael O'Mahony Месяц назад

    Lame and pathetic

  • Minh Le
    Minh Le Месяц назад +4

    just stop catching them smh

  • w3bcr33p3r vlogs
    w3bcr33p3r vlogs Месяц назад

    In japan there are

  • Onyebuchi Imonugo
    Onyebuchi Imonugo Месяц назад

    All that money wasted for 1 fish