Why no aquarium has a great white shark

  • に公開 2016/07/08
  • 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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  • Alexandria N. Fall

    Wow. This is really powerful and crazy. I remember seeing the baby white at the Monterey that they took in because it was actually hurt but I had no idea why Great White Sharks couldn’t be kept in adulthood. Sharks are my favorite animal and I highly recommend swimming with these beautiful creatures in the wild if you want to see them. 💙🦈

  • Ruyel Prasad
    Ruyel Prasad 日 前

    aquariums don't care about the fish. They just care about money

  • air nandez
    air nandez 日 前

    baby shark do doo doo do doo do doo doo

  • Seven Eleven
    Seven Eleven 2 日 前

    Captivity is the best for some animals loool imagine being fed with no fear of getting eaten loooool

  • ManDogVlog
    ManDogVlog 3 日 前

    Shark Lives Matter

  • Anna Phan
    Anna Phan 4 日 前

    so if the white shark have to move to get oxygen for breathing, do they sleep?

  • Lila Equine
    Lila Equine 5 日 前

    *shark kills 2 other sharks, sets free* orca kills 2 humans. it stays at seaworld

  • Aaron Yow
    Aaron Yow 6 日 前

    Thank you

  • caffiene macaroni
    caffiene macaroni 6 日 前

    This girl narrator has a nice voice i wonder what sex will be like

  • Jocelyn Negrete
    Jocelyn Negrete 9 日 前

    Every year I go to Monterey bay aquarium and I saw banners everywhere saying the great white shark is coming soon. I forgot what year it was but I was there. it was hard to watch.

  • bleachcom
    bleachcom 9 日 前

    I personally think keeping fish in an aquarium is fine as long as they are comfortable! Don’t put them in chlorine water, dont put them in walls if they hurt themselves. It’s weird how people want to see sharks irl so bad and want to have them in small tanks?

  • Celestial 6425
    Celestial 6425 9 日 前

    How about we leave sharks, dolphins, and whales in the ocean?

  • dez
    dez 10 日 前

    baby shark doo doo doo doo doo doo

  • bébé, sauve moi
    bébé, sauve moi 11 日 前

    The fact that they said they decided not to bring in more sharks because it took great effort breaks my heart...
    They clearly didn't have in mind the actual torture the sharks go through... just leave them alone

  • OD1 Kone OD
    OD1 Kone OD 11 日 前

    To hell with all these aquariums! Thanks for the story

  • luna tuna
    luna tuna 11 日 前

    this made me so mad

  • javone booysen
    javone booysen 12 日 前

    What’s so important to keep them in enclosures in the first place , just leave the sharks alone

  • Jerome Manyema
    Jerome Manyema 12 日 前

    Because they belong into the wild maybe?

  • Sombrero dog
    Sombrero dog 13 日 前

    More people die of vending machines than shark attacks

  • Johnny Stewart
    Johnny Stewart 13 日 前

    I used to volunteer at an aquarium and I had to research all this myself because I had so many guests try to argue with me that some other aquarium they went to had a white shark (the aquariums they mentioned never did). They usually would confuse the reef sharks for white sharks, and I even had a woman try to tell me that the whale sharks in the Georgia Aquarium were white sharks. Needless to say, I don’t work in jobs where I directly interact with guests anymore. (The truth is that the customer is almost never right.)

  • krishnaveeresh
    krishnaveeresh 14 日 前

    I hope all people commenting about 'letting sharks be in the oceans' are vegans, else their comments restricted to just sharks are hypocritical.

  • Amalia Faltýnková
    Amalia Faltýnková 14 日 前

    This is so disgusting. When it comes to money, people are capable to do everything. Zoos and aquaparks should be closed, it's just abusing animals.

  • unknown_gacha
    unknown_gacha 15 日 前 +1

    Imagine someone took us from our home and put us in a box where animals would watch us :/

  • Sean D
    Sean D 15 日 前

    no one calls them ‘white sharks’ do they? they’re either white pointers or great white sharks.

  • FiddlebirdBlue
    FiddlebirdBlue 16 日 前

    It seems really sick to keep bring them there to die just so the public can be exposed to them, and then to stop because it was too resource-intensive, not because it was morally repugnant.

  • Lucas Nobre
    Lucas Nobre 16 日 前

    Hey guys, great video, very helpfull and informative. But, I think you should start using the internacional metric system, since you have an internacional audience too and we don’t understand a thing.

  • ilove2929
    ilove2929 17 日 前

    Humans need to stop doing this. Its not goal to keep free wild animal just for exhibition/attractions, look what we do to dolphins once we found out how we can contain them and how intelligent they are.

  • Lauty Bend
    Lauty Bend 17 日 前

    And thats why I agree with Anthony Jeselnik, I get so happy when sharks kill people

  • Brandon marley
    Brandon marley 18 日 前

    lol i work there

  • Rob3rt
    Rob3rt 18 日 前

    idk why but ive seen this video at least ten times. i dont even like sharks

  • El Kindangen
    El Kindangen 19 日 前

    VOX filmed it like it doesnt matter, this shark aquarium need to be ended

  • Aaron Shadwell
    Aaron Shadwell 20 日 前

    sea dogs, I love VOX!

  • Joseph Lamicella
    Joseph Lamicella 21 日 前

    Great Whites are the smartest sharks

  • Mark
    Mark 21 日 前


  • L L
    L L 23 日 前

    Humans are jerks

  • Satan-is-my-daddy
    Satan-is-my-daddy 23 日 前

    Instead of spending money to keep the animals in captivity, better invest in helping them...

  • Chey
    Chey 23 日 前

    All of you guys act like these sharks dying are affecting you like let's be real none of you give two shits about the sharks. I, for one, thought it was extremely generous of them to release the sharks after noticing that they were being damaged instead of letting them suffer for profit.

  • Amanda Marie
    Amanda Marie 25 日 前

    Hi, have you seen Meg?

  • VolcanicGaming
    VolcanicGaming 25 日 前

    C as n yhey just leave these wonderful fish in the ocean before there numbers dwindle down to near extinct

  • VolcanicGaming
    VolcanicGaming 25 日 前

    Hmmm they released a shark after it grew up in a tank and was being fed fish and wonder why it died in a habitat were they have to fish for themselves makes logical sense

  • Rob Draper
    Rob Draper 29 日 前 +1

    How is this justified?

  • Rohith Krishna
    Rohith Krishna 29 日 前

    She's cute.

  • Africa Rising Foundation

    This not accurate as Cape Town Aquarium is home too a number of Great white sharks

  • pincmin
    pincmin ヶ月 前 +1

    I hate to see highly intelligent creatures in captivity. A crab would eat its mother and doesn't care about anything as long as it's kept well fed, but highly intelligent and social animals in captivity break my heart. Sea mammals, dolphins for instance, social and affectionate creatures used for entertainment purposes, so that people can interact with them and take cute pictures, that has to stop.

  • Magneto Rex
    Magneto Rex ヶ月 前 +1

    imprisoning living things for human entertainment is wrong on so many levels

  • John Godfrey Malig
    John Godfrey Malig ヶ月 前

    Ethics? No? Well, alright then...

  • A Katsuki-Nikiforov
    A Katsuki-Nikiforov ヶ月 前 +1

    yo why do people get excited seeing a mf shark in a tank wtf

  • Fernando G
    Fernando G ヶ月 前 +1

    I have no desire to see a shark up close and I'm pretty sure the shark feels the same way about me.... We need to learn to leave nature alone to do what she's done for millenia with or without us around.

  • NoodleDaddy
    NoodleDaddy ヶ月 前

    dogs are land sharks

  • Dragon Forest AJ
    Dragon Forest AJ ヶ月 前 +1

    Human 1: *Puts shark in tank*
    Shark 1: *Dies*
    Human: HMMMMMMMM *Puts shark 2 in bigger tank*
    Shark 2: *Dies*
    Human 2: What if we get a smaller one so it won't die as quickly?
    Human 1: Sounds humane enough

  • Anne L
    Anne L ヶ月 前

    This is one of the reasons i've never gone to an ocean park or whatever. I'd rather see them on their natural habitat. Also, been to a zoo (once) when i was a kid and realized soon enough that it's not fun at all. It makes me wonder what these people who go to these places think? How can they enjoy and look so happy?

  • Adham Ahmed
    Adham Ahmed ヶ月 前

    damn shark killers

  • Gael MZ
    Gael MZ ヶ月 前 +1

    When I was a kid my family were going to an acuarium with sharks and I was very exited because I though there would be a great white shark but there wasn’t and I got sad

  • nataliia glynkina
    nataliia glynkina ヶ月 前

    Amazingly intelligent way to spend money..

  • River Yang
    River Yang ヶ月 前

    At least the Japanese didn't eat it

  • leah holmes
    leah holmes ヶ月 前

    Just leave them alone! Its obviously proven that they don’t do well in captivity at all this is animal cruelty if people want to see Great white sharks then they should do so in the ocean there are cages making it safe to do so

  • FockingWanka
    FockingWanka ヶ月 前

    just leave the sharks alone ....

  • Juman Al Balushi
    Juman Al Balushi ヶ月 前

    The concept of zoos, aquariums, and circuses that involve animals should be banished. Animals are not there for our entertainment!! If they’re endangered then there are reservations for them but why bring them to where they don’t belong!! I never understood the concept!!

    • QQminusS
      QQminusS ヶ月 前

      Guy, I was mostly thinking we should hunt down every last one of these things and eat them all. The world would be a better place if it lacked great white sharks.

  • Ben C
    Ben C ヶ月 前

    I hope that we do find a way to properly hold sharks, for only one reason, to protect them. Currently, sharks are being hunted to extinction and I'm just scared that if we don't find a way soon we won't have sharks anymore.

  • Tariq Hadaidi
    Tariq Hadaidi ヶ月 前 +1

    For all the people who think they're sick and twisted for capturing a white shark, remember that they did not know the effects it could have on the shark. MANY aquatic animals do perfectly fine in aquariums, sometimes they even flourish. They thought that if other animals can survive in captivity, why cant a Great White Shark? As it turned out, they can't. That is why they have stopped all operations of capturing and containing these sharks. Who knows, maybe in the future, we would have ways to contain them in a environment that is comfortable for them.

  • Junghee
    Junghee ヶ月 前

    The video says it for itself but I wish you would be more blunt and just say that captivity causes the early and unnatural death of these animals. Just say that these people are only out for money and don't care about the animals they are taking from their natural habitat, that they think that the revenue they earn is worth the inevitable death they know they will cause.

  • Markus Villum Grevsen

    Quick explanation
    They die just simply die

  • jbrasco5000
    jbrasco5000 ヶ月 前 +2

    An adult male Orca is 5 times the size (mass) of a great white but can adapt to those paddle pools they put them in. The instinctive shark can last 3 to 6 months but the adaptive Orca 20 - 30 years... Those poor sharks keep bumping their nose until they die. On the other hand the Orca indures 30 years of prison. In its body and its mind..... There is a lot of crap out there from SeaWorld saying "we care for our animal's" I'm sure they do.... Buy key thing is , instinctive fish or adaptive whale, evolution has produced two fine specimen's that deserve to roam. Why, because that is how they evolved. Like the dudes post before me, get in a boat and go see them in the wild... And if you can't afford that, go to Imax. And if that's not good enough. Ask someone who knows about these animals and where they are. Aussie, SA, USA, NZ, Canada, Sri Lanka, India.... I could keep going, with the right guide u can see these animals anywhere

  • Candace Carmer
    Candace Carmer ヶ月 前

    Stop the madness! Great whites aren't just some gold fish you can plop in a giant bowl and flush when you're done with it.

  • Michaelveli9
    Michaelveli9 ヶ月 前

    They probably just miss the seaweed 😁

  • Mahvish
    Mahvish ヶ月 前 +1

    deeply, deeply sad

    • George Alderson
      George Alderson ヶ月 前 +1

      I think it would be better to introduce humans into the shark's environment rather than the other way round. Blessings and peace Mahvish

  • Shay Kitoffe
    Shay Kitoffe ヶ月 前

    I wonder what shark taste like

  • Red Nes Godzilla
    Red Nes Godzilla ヶ月 前

    I’m here before Justin.Y is

  • Demon-鬼
    Demon-鬼 ヶ月 前

    bruh cause it’s just too great 😂

  • Blue Hoodie8
    Blue Hoodie8 ヶ月 前

    Lol all the comments are about letting sharks stay in the ocean, but none of them are about letting the fishes, the turtles... in the ocean.

  • Blue Hoodie8
    Blue Hoodie8 ヶ月 前

    Great white shark, hardest to catch, hardest to keep.

  • Dunecigar
    Dunecigar ヶ月 前 +3

    That awesome animal died in just 3 days... such a shame and waste.

  • ashlyn💛
    ashlyn💛 ヶ月 前

    I’d pay my ticket to the aquarium just for you to LEAVE the shark in the ocean where it belongs. Take my profit, leave the shark.

  • skysthe limitvideos
    skysthe limitvideos ヶ月 前

    The whole point of modern zoos and aquariums is to preserve species through breeding programs and to a lesser extent education. If the shakes die as soon as they’re caught you should just leave them in the ocean.

  • Alif Mehedi
    Alif Mehedi ヶ月 前

    Do they commit suicide?

  • runningwolfkenpo
    runningwolfkenpo ヶ月 前

    You can see sharks on almost every cable channel. There s no reason to put these beautiful creatures in enclosures that are going to kill them. Stop trying.

  • sybylo
    sybylo ヶ月 前

    Thanos should snap twice. We are a horrible species

  • Christie Rv
    Christie Rv ヶ月 前

    As much as sharks scare me it made me kinda sad when they said they wouldn't eat or they needed help swimming. Poor things😣

  • Ali-Musa Kaba
    Ali-Musa Kaba ヶ月 前

    We humans, we kill off everything for the sake of spectatorship. Zoos, aquariums = not the natural, open habitat

  • AmbikaThe Awesome
    AmbikaThe Awesome ヶ月 前

    The sharks lived in the massive ocean, then they are put into a tank that is so much
    smaller than the ocean.

  • Wolfannater the king

    If you wanna to see a great white go on JPclips or just go cage diving

  • George Thompson
    George Thompson ヶ月 前 +2

    It is impossible to keep a great white in captivity because of the shark's size and the fact they must keep moving due to their size and the way they sleep when they sleep its gliding through the water towards the bottom at an angle these sharks can grow to 23ft. in length and the girth on these animals is phenomenal they may last in captivity anywhere from 3-5 days depending on the size and depth of aquarium these animals must remain in the open ocean to live not in a aquarium where their lifespan will be cut short these are magnificent animals and we can appreciate them better by leaving them where they are free ...in the ocean 🐬

  • Anakin Skywalker
    Anakin Skywalker ヶ月 前

    Cos they badmuthas.

  • Migg V
    Migg V ヶ月 前


  • John Rambo
    John Rambo ヶ月 前 +1

    Wanna keep a Great White in a aquarium for years? Keep it simple. Make a aguarium in a thick glass/plexiglass circular tunnel, like the Large Hadron Collider but make it a circumference of a 1/4 of a mile or 2 miles instead of 17 miles.
    The stupid shark wont keep bumping into the wall and will think its open ocean swimming.

    • Au&Lexi
      Au&Lexi 27 日 前 +1

      Why do you have to call the shark *"stupid"* ?

  • GRAPEJUICE malone
    GRAPEJUICE malone ヶ月 前

    If you put a human in captivity. We get depressed just the same with animals.
    No wonder they died.

  • Lozza Waller
    Lozza Waller ヶ月 前

    anyone else think of liza on her surfboardwhen the video mentioned " sea dogs "?? no? just me?

  • Melanie Liu
    Melanie Liu ヶ月 前 +1

    Can’t understand why aquariums and zoos like to collect animals, just leave them live and stop destroying their habitat is the least we can’t do

  • Blue Heron Guidance
    Blue Heron Guidance ヶ月 前

    There is NO need for these beautiful creatures to be in a tank. Shame on these people.

  • god says
    god says ヶ月 前 +2

    I like how the comments are with sharks

  • sdyrcha
    sdyrcha ヶ月 前

    Isn’t there something called ‘studying animals in there natural habitats to learn their normal behavior’?.. I shouldn’t have watched this, I’m frustrated with people right now. The answer is right there.

  • Run13 Buddhabrot
    Run13 Buddhabrot ヶ月 前

    the clue is in the word "captivity"

  • Z H
    Z H ヶ月 前

    How are we to fully understand the animals if we can't ever observe them in captivity

    • kevin coleman
      kevin coleman ヶ月 前

      you kidding right? - they don't act natural in captivity. observe them in the natural habit

  • Outros
    Outros ヶ月 前

    Porque* e não "por que", no título da versão em português.

  • truely seen
    truely seen ヶ月 前

    Does anyone care what animals have to go through just so we can look at them

  • LBG
    LBG ヶ月 前

    Sharks are my favourite animals,if they die I'll be very sad (edit: if they die out and dont exist anymore

  • Purple haze
    Purple haze ヶ月 前

    Freedom fighters!

  • Dimas Wahyu Pratama
    Dimas Wahyu Pratama ヶ月 前

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    Best regards from one of your viewers ❤

  • Merlin Arthur
    Merlin Arthur ヶ月 前 +2

    *baby shark doo doo doo doo doo....* 3x
    *baby shark!*

    • katie golden
      katie golden ヶ月 前

      Merlin Arthur - Good one! 😂😂😂✌