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 • 21 046

  • Parasitisch
    Parasitisch 21 час назад

    A question: why? Why so much time and effort and money to just say "hey, we caught this, now look at it."

  • Nadia Montanez
    Nadia Montanez 21 час назад

    oh wow it’s almost like marine animals shouldn’t be kept it tanks

  • KxK
    KxK 2 дня назад

    wtf is this honestly Why do people even want to look at sharks

  • Youri Kemp
    Youri Kemp 3 дня назад

    So idiotic humans killed how many in the process?

  • Zanzibar979
    Zanzibar979 3 дня назад

    Try to understand what an aquarium is, and does, in the context of the words 'freedom", "sentient", "captive" and "suffering".

  • Snxwman 1
    Snxwman 1 3 дня назад

    Its because the sharks can't breathe!

  • E E
    E E 3 дня назад

    how about leaving them in peace

  • Abdidallas
    Abdidallas 4 дня назад

    Shark species didn't do anything to us. Why are they human being prisoners?

    HIMASHI 4 дня назад

    its so sad, leave them alone :(

  • ZNgoldenvision 1
    ZNgoldenvision 1 4 дня назад

    Funny how these people think they know what they’re doing when all fail they still don’t see that they are to blame

  • babyscumbagg
    babyscumbagg 4 дня назад

    I’ve seen great whites in aquariums in London wow what a lie this video is

  • MirandaDance
    MirandaDance 4 дня назад

    Let's just leave them in the ocean and see how long they live there ?

  • Lily & Mando :p
    Lily & Mando :p 5 дней назад


  • Joshua Gall
    Joshua Gall 5 дней назад

    Egg shaped? Hmmm seems more like a prism with egg shaped faces... But anyways, carry on

  • Sranya Kumar
    Sranya Kumar 5 дней назад +1

    The aquarium cannot contain it's greatbess, coz it's great af

  • Myra Shirwatso
    Myra Shirwatso 6 дней назад

    ummmm because these animals belong in the sea not in captivity.

  • me
    me 6 дней назад

    @4:50 what type of animal is that bigass retarded thing swimming sideways?

  • Peter Godmez
    Peter Godmez 6 дней назад

    If they keep dying, we should stop trying. Simple.

  • JustJulyo
    JustJulyo 6 дней назад

    Monterey Bay Aquarium coming in for the win for aquatic wildlife!

  • Banta CT
    Banta CT 7 дней назад

    Its a creature that should be treated with respect. Leave it alone. Aquariums are beautiful because they help us to learn and educate about life in the world of the oceans and rivers. Let us leave our beautiful wildlife alone. If we dont provoke them, then they won't provoke us.

  • Don Elion
    Don Elion 7 дней назад

    All villain movies are a lie .

  • Internet Anonymity
    Internet Anonymity 8 дней назад

    I'm surprised Vox didn't blame the fact that there are no great Whites in captivity on Trump or the patriarchy or some other such non sense.

  • CeltycSparrow
    CeltycSparrow 8 дней назад

    Gee....its almost like (now stop me if this sounds crazy) its almost like THE SHARKS DON'T LIKE BEING CRAMMED INTO A SMALL TANK. They are large animals who survive by swimming great distances without stopping. They are hunters....not puppy dogs being hand-fed.. You stuffed them in these small tanks and not one of them thrived. That's why you've murdered at least two of them for your little "experiment" and caused the others unnecessary stress and excruciating pain because they couldn't handle being trapped in a cage.. That blood is on YOUR hands. Shame on you.
    That's also why whales like Keiko and Tillikum died in captivity. Because you stole them from their mothers and sought to get rich by stuffing them in a cage for your amusement and financial gain. Their blood is on your hands too.

  • Sunsetter678
    Sunsetter678 8 дней назад

    Really? Then WHY did the Monterey Bay Aquarium have one in their possession back in 2009?

  • Best Friends Games
    Best Friends Games 10 дней назад

    But the shark died 😢😢😢

  • Lama Shalabi
    Lama Shalabi 11 дней назад

    how about we leave the sharks in their own mf habitat

  • lillithremedy
    lillithremedy 11 дней назад

    “Collected”? Come on guys that is extremely irresponsible language

  • Surová Dcérka
    Surová Dcérka 11 дней назад

    Please stop trying. We dont need them int he tanks, it is just sad

  • TaeTobio
    TaeTobio 11 дней назад

    5:09 poor baby

  • Sakul Purdbe
    Sakul Purdbe 12 дней назад

    im pretty sure our nearby aquarium has a great white and it has since my childhood

  • Richard-Anthony Gilbey
    Richard-Anthony Gilbey 12 дней назад

    They dont like aquariums cuz they bang their little napper and that hurts their brain. And sharks are only afraid of a barret 50cal with armor piercing rounds.

  • Mr Heru_san
    Mr Heru_san 12 дней назад

    Nah Orca always the king of predator....

  • Tayla Sporer
    Tayla Sporer 13 дней назад

    The megaladon is the largest shark

  • Kakes Revenge
    Kakes Revenge 13 дней назад

    Humans are evil

  • violette80
    violette80 14 дней назад


  • HaileGabriel YT
    HaileGabriel YT 14 дней назад +1

    I want megalodon

  • psyborg303
    psyborg303 14 дней назад

    i saw the shark in monterey the first day of the exibit

  • Lusus Love
    Lusus Love 14 дней назад

    No shark does good in an aquarium. Leave them in the ocean! Want to lock someone in an aquarium for entertainment? Lock ur mother.

  • Marie Claes
    Marie Claes 15 дней назад

    Contest carry mainly foundation artistic door neck force.

  • Georgios Ware
    Georgios Ware 16 дней назад

    No great white shark should be in an aquarium, no shark should be in an aquarium, no fish should be in an aquarium, no animal should be in an aquarium, there should be no aquariums.

  • Hristo Hristoff
    Hristo Hristoff 17 дней назад

    For such a large and supposedly fierce animal they need more attention than a chihuahua.

  • Charamore1994
    Charamore1994 17 дней назад

    The whale shark isn’t a shark it’s the largest fish 🙄

  • Tim Johnson
    Tim Johnson 18 дней назад

    Maybe just leave them alone and in nature?

  • Grace Clarke
    Grace Clarke 19 дней назад

    that's not far on the sharks

  • Grace Clarke
    Grace Clarke 19 дней назад

    I like sharks

  • jayla moore
    jayla moore 20 дней назад

    notice electric trail yet function road English nowhere district publicly.

  • David Ali
    David Ali 20 дней назад

    Not so great after all

  • Amy Ang
    Amy Ang 22 дня назад

    It died after being released, theyre not sure why.

    Because keeping them in a certain area would cause them to lose directions. They were getting used to the small area (but they would still bump into the tanks) When theyre sent back to the oceans, they stay in ONE area, not going anywhere. In aquariums they get fed. They forget/ they neglect hunting. That’s why they die.

  • Saladin Shadowmoon
    Saladin Shadowmoon 22 дня назад

    That why he is the king of kings a free soul of the sea

  • Daniel Corregan
    Daniel Corregan 22 дня назад

    We don’t need to listen to nature, nature needs to listen to us!

  • D33Y4
    D33Y4 23 дня назад

    You mean the fish accustomed to swimming hundreds of miles a day cant stand life inside a confined tank?! You don't say... the fact that nobody protested that in the first placed showed how dumb this endeavor was. People already know about Great White sharks, you have your movies, you have your documentaries. You have Shark Week! Don't BS philanthropy! That was all a marketing stunt to boost attendance numbers. In all likelihood, all 6 sharks died after release. Proven to be highly sensitive creatures, it's been said that they suffocate from simply not moving. Add to that shock from all the new things. Imagine if you are smothered repetitively several times a day as you're being moved from tank to tank.

    AESCULAPTORmark3 23 дня назад

    Humans killing again.

  • Justin Marquez
    Justin Marquez 23 дня назад

    I saw that great white here in monterey when in captivity :)

  • Nick Nack
    Nick Nack 23 дня назад

    I thumbs down every Vox video I come across. You can too!

  • Amy Rangel
    Amy Rangel 24 дня назад


  • jerry jacobs
    jerry jacobs 24 дня назад

    it probobly would eat all the spectators

  • See Canon
    See Canon 24 дня назад

    My guess would be to leave them alone.

  • Lizzie Yorke
    Lizzie Yorke 25 дней назад

    Ok peeps, theory's??

  • Alex Arias
    Alex Arias 25 дней назад

    They are not built to be caged

  • krysuna
    krysuna 25 дней назад

    other places: “we tried to keep a shark captive, but it didn’t work!”
    sea world: 🤔😏

  • aurora yuckim
    aurora yuckim 25 дней назад

    Wow it's almost like we shouldn't be keeping animals in tanks

  • Eternally Conscious
    Eternally Conscious 25 дней назад

    What a great video. Perfectly segmented, articulately formatted and time efficient. Subbbbb

  • Phantom Wind
    Phantom Wind 26 дней назад

    This is disgusting.

  • FMsukina
    FMsukina 26 дней назад

    the aquarium in the dubai mall

  • cyn
    cyn 27 дней назад

    This is animal cruelty

  • Daddy Lavier
    Daddy Lavier 27 дней назад

    if many other aquatic museums followed ethic customs such as these, then there wouldn't be as many issues.

  • Spyros Anthis
    Spyros Anthis 28 дней назад +1

    Who else didn't know that great white sharks,die in captivity?(like if u agree:^)

  • SuperPhiltown
    SuperPhiltown 28 дней назад

    They put the shark in jail to see if it eats before sending him upstate

  • Jesus has set me free
    Jesus has set me free 29 дней назад

    when people do something bad we confine them, what did any of these creatures do to be incarcerated ???, what a vain heartless species humans are, the best of humans hardly have any compassion for their own kind and none whatsoever for any other species

  • bby peach
    bby peach 29 дней назад

    Why the hell do aquariums keep trying to capture sharks if it's clearly not working out 😡😡😡 some animals are not meant to live in captivity, it's that simple! Wtf are they trying to prove??

  • Fee wok
    Fee wok 29 дней назад

    lol I have a great white shark in my 7 inch tank and he's been alive for around 7 months

  • Kakashi Masked
    Kakashi Masked Месяц назад

    I'll go

  • Pseudynom
    Pseudynom Месяц назад

    Why is the white shark called 'Great White ..' but the black whale is called 'Killer Whale'?

  • BombasticJedi
    BombasticJedi Месяц назад

    What if the sharks were put in a donut shaped tank making their swim around the loop seem virtually endless ?

  • Jameson Dymond
    Jameson Dymond Месяц назад

    They need to stop putting great whites in aquariums if it just harms the shark sharks are endangered already

  • 66Wolfman87
    66Wolfman87 Месяц назад


  • Christ
    Christ Месяц назад

    Wow your hot, can i eat your clam?

  • tiara jabri
    tiara jabri Месяц назад

    I have the biggest fear of sharks but I feel so bad for them that they an other marine animals have to live in a tank or just animals in cages therefore I refuse to go to zoos and aquariums because I’ll just burst

  • Laura Riekstiņa
    Laura Riekstiņa Месяц назад

    I think the problem is in those walls. As in, that people try to put those animals inside of them, out of their own home and habitat, for their own amusement.
    If your argument is - it's done for research. Well, technologies are developed enough for that being redundant and anthropologists don't take people out of their environments and don't put them in labs ec. to research and get the knowledge of them/their tribes, but look from a far and that's how they see the best what that creature is up to and why, human, fish or the great white shark.

  • Josh Standing
    Josh Standing Месяц назад

    fish are friends not food

  • psikopatadam
    psikopatadam Месяц назад

    The Turkish word for shark literally can be translated as dog fish

  • J CMD
    J CMD Месяц назад

    Humanity can be so stupid and cruel

  • Bram Ruysch
    Bram Ruysch Месяц назад

    toy pretty exactly umtqy poem former correct change interest interrupt.

  • AztexHD
    AztexHD Месяц назад

    You spelt The title wrong does not make sense

  • grapetownkid
    grapetownkid Месяц назад

    Your beautiful! Great video

  • XxNekoKilaxX
    XxNekoKilaxX Месяц назад

    Make them a moving water tank and strap it on 8)

  • Mike Donovan
    Mike Donovan Месяц назад

    Why don't human's just try not to be horrible monsters and leave the sharks alone???

  • Deriuz
    Deriuz Месяц назад

    Sounds way too complicated. Let's just let them be.

  • blackmore4
    blackmore4 Месяц назад

    How disappointing. I thought I was going to hear they'd become extinct ;)

  • china thailand
    china thailand Месяц назад

    you also need to realize that these animals belong in their own environment and not being exploited for humans to see for the almighty buck. sick sick sick

  • Mrutyunjaya Pattanaik
    Mrutyunjaya Pattanaik Месяц назад

    Sharks belong to the ocean, you can't keep them in aquarium

  • doirtlee
    doirtlee Месяц назад

    Aquarium's should be shut down.

  • Scarlett Tran
    Scarlett Tran Месяц назад

    Oh are you sure you don't know why they don't survive? 🙄

  • Rhishikesh Dongre
    Rhishikesh Dongre Месяц назад

    what is it at 2:24

  • American Made
    American Made Месяц назад +1

    Just leave the sharks alone...geez.

  • FoofooDingleWabs 9
    FoofooDingleWabs 9 Месяц назад

    False. Victor from despicable me had one so...

  • Izabel Jipson
    Izabel Jipson Месяц назад

    Why don’t they make a circular tank like a race track so the shark has infinity movement over and over again

  • like my comment gurl
    like my comment gurl Месяц назад +3

    What is it with this obsession with capturing animals.. just think about it what kind of sick twisted minds do we have

    • Hank Hodges
      Hank Hodges Месяц назад +1

      Exactly !!! Let's leave them alone.

  • Monse Lopez
    Monse Lopez Месяц назад

    Honestly a great white can’t be kept in captivity it will die within days it don’t matter how much u know about there habit food or whatever it’s just not possible plus who the tf would go there we have all seen jaws

  • Lynx
    Lynx Месяц назад

    Stop bringing them into your little containment! "They kept dying shortly after being put in that aquarium. HmMmM I wOnDer wHy??!!?? Better be successful next time around!" No, just no! Stop being such a greedy and egotistical human. They don't belong there. There are tons and tons of water and space where they live, hell, they probably roam around the earth without any obstacle at all. Humans just had to be greedy bastards and caught those beautiful ancient creatures just for what, entertainment, money, and fame? If it's for knowledge or studies, you can do it from their habitat. Geez, no need to killing it.

    • Lynx
      Lynx Месяц назад

      Hank Hodges glad to have something in common. You rock too, btw!

    • Hank Hodges
      Hank Hodges Месяц назад

      You rock, Lynx !!! (One of my FAVORITE cats BTW.)