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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コメント数 • 20 536

  • Vivek Krishnaa
    Vivek Krishnaa 52 分 前

    I just saw the same video in bright side

  • runningwolfkenpo
    runningwolfkenpo 8 時間 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 日 前

    Thanos should snap twice. We are a horrible species

  • Christie Rv
    Christie Rv 2 日 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 2 日 前

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

  • AmbikaThe Awesome
    AmbikaThe Awesome 2 日 前

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

  • Jay Harper
    Jay Harper 2 日 前

    Here’s an crazy Idea 🤔 how about just leave them in the ocean WHERE THEY BELONG. duhhh 🤷🏾‍♀️ problem solve.

  • Wolfannater the king

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

  • George Thompson
    George Thompson 3 日 前

    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 3 日 前

    Cos they badmuthas.

  • Migg V
    Migg V 3 日 前


  • John Rambo
    John Rambo 5 日 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.

  • GRAPEJUICE malone
    GRAPEJUICE malone 6 日 前

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

  • Lozza Waller
    Lozza Waller 6 日 前

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

  • Melanie Liu
    Melanie Liu 7 日 前

    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

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

  • god says
    god says 7 日 前

    I like how the comments are with sharks

  • sdyrcha ダニエル

    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 8 日 前

    the clue is in the word "captivity"

  • Z H
    Z H 8 日 前

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

    • kevin coleman
      kevin coleman 日 前

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

  • Outros
    Outros 9 日 前

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

  • truely seen
    truely seen 9 日 前

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

  • LBG
    LBG 9 日 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 9 日 前

    Freedom fighters!

  • Dimas Wahyu Pratama

    Greetings my dearest Vox. Just want to inform you that someone stole your content, this video to be specific. They even use the same exact thumbnail. Here is the link.
    Best regards from one of your viewers ❤

  • Merlin Arthur
    Merlin Arthur 9 日 前 +2

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

    • katie golden
      katie golden 2 日 前

      Merlin Arthur - Good one! 😂😂😂✌

  • dacealksne
    dacealksne 9 日 前

    get a nap or something

    SCOTTMCKAY1982 11 日 前

    weird how they keep dying

  • Shrimp Fried rice
    Shrimp Fried rice 11 日 前

    Baby shark a doo loo ;)

  • Farzana Achal
    Farzana Achal 12 日 前

    why did this video make me feel sad for sharks

  • Andrew C
    Andrew C 12 日 前

    humans do too much blud

  • Archie Ames
    Archie Ames 12 日 前

    You snowflakes freaking out. They're learning to take care of them so they can understand them better. Not only will they be able to take care of sharks better in the future rather than leaving them to die they contribute to scientific understanding. Plus a shark is just a fish. No more intellectually complex than what you had for dinner just bigger.

  • Kaynan van Ego
    Kaynan van Ego 13 日 前

    I'm not sure, but I'm from Germany, and I found 3 videos with the same name, but in German.

  • Nadeem Mohammed
    Nadeem Mohammed 13 日 前

    I have a hypothesis on why they are dying.
    For breathing sharks swim all the time even when they are asleep. While in the aquarium they are not able to sleep as they hit the the walls of the aquarium. This might be the reason why there are bruises near their nostrils.

  • Brooklyn Pham
    Brooklyn Pham 14 日 前

    Whale sharks?

  • jennifer mendez
    jennifer mendez 14 日 前

    This why I've never been to an aquarium. It's a greedy business that exploits animals for public amusement.

  • Lol Hehehe
    Lol Hehehe 14 日 前

    Os japoneses comeram muito sushi

  • Nick002
    Nick002 15 日 前

    A Sharks sole mindset is to hunt. Take that away and they know they might as well be dead

  • Jaee Miyahhh
    Jaee Miyahhh 17 日 前

    So why do we care about sharks lol?

  • Ryan Nyce
    Ryan Nyce 17 日 前

    Most beautiful animal at 5:19


    The most destructive and invasive animal on Earth is the human.


    Here's an idea! 🗣️😱 How about you leave the great white sharks in the ocean and figure out a way of removing that floating island of plastic pollution. That I would give money too.

  • Howard Lovecraft
    Howard Lovecraft 18 日 前

    Fake news. The REAL reason you dont see great white sharks in captivity is because all the tanks are already filled with black sharks. Racist joke.

  • Ludovico Dellavecchia

    They live better in the tornadoes

  • Movies World
    Movies World 19 日 前

    make a flat aquarium because earth is flat

  • hiiiimymelody
    hiiiimymelody 20 日 前

    It's so sad to see the lengths that these aquariums go to to make a profit. Please do not visit zoos and aquariums. Every dollar you spend is a vote for how you want the world to be. Aquariums are businesses, despite how hard they try to taut themselves as educational facilities. As a business, if you stop giving them money, they will go out of business.

  • dmlevitt
    dmlevitt 20 日 前

    humans and their good intentions are lethal. humanity is a plague.

  • Nuckin Futs
    Nuckin Futs 20 日 前

    When are humans going to learn that no matter what they build or create it's never going to be a good idea to take a wild creature out of their natural environment? Just leave 'em be, that's all you greedy souls have to do. It requires zero effort, but we simply have to try to control, dominate, and profit off of everything and anything.

    "Greed and stupidity will end humanity sooner than we expect."
    - Stephen Hawking

  • fucken loser
    fucken loser 20 日 前

    Poor babies :(

  • Tina.M.
    Tina.M. 20 日 前

    How funny I was just at an aquarium in Denver & I wondered why the hell there was no great white shark.

  • muzamil
    muzamil 20 日 前

    Muslim way:bury them in simple graves (in the soil for bodies to decompose) and after 40 years(time selected by Islam though), till up graveyard again to bury others.even though some "culture-loving-muslims" don't do that(dont bury again at same graveyard),but lot usefull...

  • storage four
    storage four 22 日 前

    when do they sleep if they need to move to breath ?

  • Joseph Logan
    Joseph Logan 22 日 前

    OMG da heck I Justin and

  • L DP
    L DP 23 日 前

    Instead of designing these kind of shits why don't we spend our efforts for something actually useful?

  • GeoPlayer123
    GeoPlayer123 23 日 前

    To the people saying this is horrible:
    Im sorry, but its human nature to gain a profit from something. It probably won't change.

  • Bishal Debnath
    Bishal Debnath 24 日 前 +1

    It's good info 👍👍👍

  • Frag Zilla
    Frag Zilla 25 日 前

    WSLM! White Shark Lives Matter.....

  • furtivedig
    furtivedig 25 日 前

    is it just me or this is just a bit cruel?

  • NippleNinja2
    NippleNinja2 25 日 前

    That's really sad

  • Tweety 9
    Tweety 9 25 日 前 +1

    2:24 when my grandma has no dentures in her mouth

  • existing is exhausting
    existing is exhausting 27 日 前 +1

    ''mmh, it seems like the sharks are dying if we catch them - LET'S TRY AGAIN!'

  • redrum2190
    redrum2190 27 日 前

    Australia has them!

  • violetlives
    violetlives 27 日 前

    this is why animals aren't supposed to live in captivity. they die

  • Hyper Hektor
    Hyper Hektor 28 日 前

    they die because its their defense mechanism against slavery

  • Haytem Ouadaa
    Haytem Ouadaa 28 日 前

    Damn! I wish a more powerful and smarter creatures would appear and wipe us out humans...

  • Ruthie Menendez
    Ruthie Menendez 28 日 前

    No need to put animals through this cruelty.

  • 1234
    1234 29 日 前

    No creature belongs behind bars or glass to be gawked at by dumb people period

  • benjamin thomas
    benjamin thomas 29 日 前

    Holy moly! That’s crazy! Cool........but crazy!

  • I amcarbonandotherbits.

    If they were ever to keep a great white alive in a tank. I would boycott the aquarium. It's the last thing I would ever want to see. Man being cruel for the sake of money and sick entertainment.

  • xxxtentacion
    xxxtentacion ヶ月 前

    1 million gallon tank is not good for sharks try to do 1 billion gallon tank

  • spiritbuu
    spiritbuu ヶ月 前

    Zoos and Aquariums are cruel and must be shutdown.

  • Jake the dog
    Jake the dog ヶ月 前

    Would've been nice to see. To bad nature hasn't come up with making one nice enough for a white

  • Bob James
    Bob James ヶ月 前

    You should do a story on why the state will give me a fine if I try to keep a great white shark

  • zoë lettuce
    zoë lettuce ヶ月 前

    all these animal shouldn't be taken out of their habitat just for human entertainment! imagine how whales feel when taken out of their environment and put in a tiny tank.

  • brainbalcony
    brainbalcony ヶ月 前

    I also found this weird that those sharks who evolved for millions of years to survive the open ocean face troubles with aquarium walls. ...Probably your worse video @vox_observatory ... While in the 21 century more an more people are concerned about their own (and ours, as humans) impact on animal life and nature, I wonder why are you presenting the death of those sharks in such a casual way, as if it is normal that they died in an attempt to draw crowds at the aquarium's doors ?

  • ItsJust Gianna
    ItsJust Gianna ヶ月 前

    How about the sharks take us to the ocean that’s not fun now is it keep them in the ocean and we’ll keep ourselves in land!

  • Isabella 98
    Isabella 98 ヶ月 前

    I wonder if we could make digital aquariums? Like with projections instead of animals.

  • Leonie Gureghian
    Leonie Gureghian ヶ月 前

    Marine animals, forests' inhabitants, jungles' wild beauties ... ALL of them BELONG in their habitat; not aquariums, not zoos ... God has created, made them FREE creatures ... Who are we to enforce our own law upon them?

  • Thomas Bennett
    Thomas Bennett ヶ月 前

    Oppose tobacco trunk context cart sidewalk park resist rest struggle compose teach

  • Sreerej Sree
    Sreerej Sree ヶ月 前

    Because Trump??🤔🤔🤔🤔

  • Levi Bullen
    Levi Bullen ヶ月 前

    Uhm, the commenters here would be 0 fun at a zoo.

  • Felix Balulu
    Felix Balulu ヶ月 前

    It will eat the aquarium, that's why.

  • itsssdante Campregher

    damn I thought it was cuz they ate people

  • Samantha Gardner
    Samantha Gardner ヶ月 前

    It’s almost as if they don’t belong there

  • DaebakBea
    DaebakBea ヶ月 前

    I think they actually decided to put an end to the project because it didn't repay their financial efforts to create all that structure.
    The sharks probably die out of stress or something in their organism that fails after recognizing the absence of their natural habitat.
    Come on, humans. Try to imagine. There you are, walking back home after buying some bread or even after a nice trip to a BK or MD. Then, out of nowhere a shark kidnaps you as you're crossing the street and takes you to a mysterious nowhere in the open waters of the ocean, puts you in a tiny (and I mean tiny!) island with only enough food the sharks consider necessary for your survival.
    I don't know about you, but I'd activate my fight-or-flight mode in 3 days for sure.

  • YL
    YL ヶ月 前

    For those people who take pleasure out of making sharks live in these aquariums. Go sit in a box for the rest of your life too, and tell me how much you liked it before you die.

  • Austin Taylor
    Austin Taylor ヶ月 前

    Simple answer who daf would feed it and want to be near it

  • XelZryss
    XelZryss ヶ月 前

    Lol jameskii?

  • jackpaice
    jackpaice ヶ月 前

    Zoos and Aquariums are so last century. I don't see why it's so cool to go see depressed animals confined to cages. I wish this example would be enlightening to the powers that be.

  • Sydnie Allen
    Sydnie Allen ヶ月 前

    Just more proof on why animals are wild and don’t need to be tamed.

  • Marissa Pedroza
    Marissa Pedroza ヶ月 前

    if people want to see a shark so bad they can do a shark dive

  • ario rachmat wibowo
    ario rachmat wibowo ヶ月 前

    Well that's an effort..

  • Molly McGlynn
    Molly McGlynn ヶ月 前

    Wow it’s almost like they’re supposed to live in the ocean and not in a tank

  • Cyril Chamakh
    Cyril Chamakh ヶ月 前


  • BeeMiner
    BeeMiner ヶ月 前

    Poor shark ;_;

  • Basilisk
    Basilisk ヶ月 前

    Just build an underwater aquarium instead

  • Emanuel Ser
    Emanuel Ser ヶ月 前

    So then dogs should be called land sharks

  • Abhishek Choudhary
    Abhishek Choudhary ヶ月 前

    Spare some please. What is the curiosity to see them? Let them live.

  • James Wisrik
    James Wisrik ヶ月 前 +1

    Why? For $$$. Stop. Stupid. Stop.