Why no aquarium has a great white shark

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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Author zach syther ( ago)
All this work and money to enslave a shark and make money off of it.........disguesting.

Author Britney Mary Angel D.D ( ago)
What if you just leave them in the ocean?

Author Jordyn Corrie ( ago)
the aquariam in my city has a great white shark

Author Jocelyne Sanchez ( ago)
people need to stop....the animals need to be free not in a cage..they don't belong to anyone so live them alone if they want you to pet them that that's ok but taking them and making them mad is not fine people are so dumb,and not don't care about nature.........

Author Anton Birkler ( ago)
Lol there are 30-40 great white sharks in Danish aquariums. Kattegat.

Author paul andrews ( ago)
Can I have a baby gray wit shark.

Author Nicola Waszkiewicz ( ago)
if the small white sharks died why would you put a adult one in an aquarium

Author Oliver Lane ( ago)
Why did they die?

Author I dont have time to make up a name ( ago)
at the aquarium I went to the had a great white and it seemed scared of people

Author 2fele Music ( ago)
Fukn idiots leave them alone

Author Exit Tunes Collection ( ago)
Don't put great white shark try putting megalodon

Author antichrist pug ( ago)
Ever since I was young I hated aquariums and zoos, growing up realized why

Author Wew wEw ( ago)
Aquaman ? LMAO

Author Aggy V ( ago)
Idk maybe the shark died because it had a tracking tag stuck to its tail? Idk... I just don't know.

Author Master Karthic ( ago)
We kill more of them then they do to us ??

Author Theme Park Crazy ( ago)
I feel like the Monterey Bay Aquarium should apologize for damaging all these sharks for the sake of attracting visitors. All life is precious and worth protecting.

Author Maximilian Ritschel ( ago)
was good

Author wizzy kalifa ( ago)
just catch more whales, easier to keep and they're cooler anyway.

Author Stuart Pocklington ( ago)
Oh yeah I was born in early 2000s

Author Stuart Pocklington ( ago)
I'm gonna have to disagree. When I was a kid I went to the aquarium with my family. We walked under a tunnel with sharks in. A GREAT WHITE SHARK SWAM OVER THE TOP OF THE TUNNEL!!!!! don't worry I don't hate things for that.

Author John Do ( ago)
dayum she cute

Author HellFury The Intro Maker ( ago)
Lets just leave the sharks alone in peace and not trap it in a glass dome to die

Author Jave ( ago)
Solution is here:
Step 1. Build an aquarium underwater in the ocean.
Step 2. Build thick glass. Very thick glass.
Step 3: Attract the sharks.
Step 4: ???
Step 5: PROFIT

Author Wallstar 2 ( ago)
I bet if it was a great black shark they would still keep trying to keep it in captivity

Author ZorroIsMyDog69 ( ago)
well... have you seen jaws?

Author Jihadi Jamal ( ago)
sharks got to evolve glass breakers lol

Author Miranda Dario ( ago)
This is my second time watching this video ! I just love this one so much

Author Stuart Mathee ( ago)
Use lawyers instead; at least the sharks deserve to live!

Author Shane Mata ( ago)
I got to see one of the sharks oh and Monterey Bay aquarium work's to help the ocean the have whole exhibits warning about ocean pollution

Author smoothiestar5 ( ago)
I'm sorry to ask, and yes I watched the whole video but I have one question that was probably answered, but I'm slow.
How come they can keep a massive whale shark, but not a great white? I'm just curious.

Author Zhe Awesome Prussia! On ice ( ago)
Haha aquariums in france has a bunch of Great white sharks in multiple different aquariums

Author I am a soul ( ago)
poor sharks😢

Author MarlonMax ( ago)
Amazing animal

Author Crystal Brachetti ( ago)
Very informative video!

Author Frogii127 ( ago)
THEORY: They die because they cant sense their food with their electricalsense :\

Author Silly Old Messenger ( ago)
How about people just... stop trying to put great whites into tanks???

Author Newby102ful ( ago)
Lmao so are dogs just land sharks??

Author Chronicle37 Gaming ( ago)
Let them be! How bout this, i'll put these people in cages

Author Flower Bouquet ( ago)
why dont just let them where they belongs!!!!! many people wont ever regret if they die without seeing sharks!so stop putting them in cages!!

Author Queen Negus ( ago)
I used to enjoy taking my kids to aquariums & zoos just to allow them to experience these beautiful animals but few yrs back I decided that I no longer wanted to pay money to see imprisoned animals.

Author Scott Strong ( ago)
sometimes you cant beat nature  most of the time you cant  you need to stop it

Author Ashley Cape ( ago)
Why do humans feel the need to cage animals?

Author basura 101 ( ago)
EY MONTEREY BAY AQUARIUM (im from the bay area lmao)

Author MJruling ( ago)
Aquariums must not exist. You cannot imagine what it feels like to go from point A to B to A ,which are seconds away, 365 days of the year.

Author Tucker Caldwell ( ago)
In my personal opinion, unless an animal can easily breed, and fully express their natural behaviors in captivity then it shouldn't​ be kept. There are many small freshwater/marine fishes that thrive and live long healthy lives in captivity. Some people are just never satisfied...😞

Author Foxy Gaming ( ago)

Author Sameul Jones ( ago)
why would you want them in a tank? im glad it doesnt work otherwise seaworld would have hundreds of them in small tanks

Author Mr. Nice Guy ( ago)
I rather see a human in a tank than a sea creature. I think attendance would be higher.

Author Ronald Baldwin ( ago)

Author altuğ Aktepe ( ago)
in Turkish, we still call sharks as ''sea dogs''

Author Sophia Sambile ( ago)
Just a question can't they make an underground tunnel where Great white Sharks live , so they can stay in the Ocean and people could watch them. Because Great white sharks can't die only because we want to see them. That's totally unfair. I'm only 12 and i actually don't know anything about Great white Sharks . This is just an idea and question.Like if you think it could work.

Author Austin Archer ( ago)
lol ever been to sea world

Author Nosheen Aslam ( ago)
good for then so they don't need to be in slaved in a jar not able to do what it cod in the ocean it belongs in

Author Alex Graham ( ago)
First off I want to say thank you for putting out such informative and mindful content! I love what you all do!
Second, Thanks for the Biodiversity link!

Author Hayley Marahalls ( ago)
Can u stop killing animals just to earn money god

Author Adiopolis ( ago)
Great White's Don't Have Any Problems with Tanks. The captured just take one for the team in order to make sure great whites don't continuously get captured. Don't get triggered I'm joking :)

Author Abdul Bin Mubarak Chaus ( ago)
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Author Bryan Poopie ( ago)
Hello!, my name is Bryan and I think that no shark or no animal should be put in a tank they need to have freedom they want to roam not to stay going in a circle all day its just round and round and round no freedom and this is all for children and adults and I am a child so I shouldn't know better but i've never been to a aquarium but I just think people and animals should have freedom.

Author yuri lourenco ( ago)
leave the animals in peace for god sakes

Author youngprofessor ( ago)
Here's a concept- LEAVE THEM TF ALONE, in their natural habitat! Bunch of jerks!

Author Johnny Brick ( ago)
Is the music in the early part of the video the song from Gravity Falls?

Author Snake 27 ( ago)
well duh , they simply refuse to live in there .I´m sure many animals also don´t put up with it , but they might not show it that extremely.. just leave animals in their natural habitat...

Author vince arizala ( ago)
These great white sharks are not that great, they're weaklings.

Author Katarina van Beuningen ( ago)
Looks like we are still waiting for humans to understand that open ocean roaming sharks aren't meant to be in an aquarium.

Author Duchessechat AJ ( ago)
These poor sharks 😢😢😢

Author Shwegy HarlieQueen ( ago)
I feel this simply shows that Animals shouldn't be locked up. And sharks are showing that.

Author Sam Hell Jackson ( ago)
If some of these motha fuckaz in these comments cared as much about humans being locked in cages as they do about sharks we would have a much better world. Human trafficking is at an all time high but hey, save those sharks.

Author Violet Roy ( ago)
So sad! Humans get to see animals that we never would otherwise because of zoos and aquariums, but animals are essentially imprisoned in these places.

Author Young Once ( ago)

Author qweby ( ago)
so they don't sleep?

Author kstjshin ( ago)
Why are people still trying to capture and display great whites if it's clear it kills the shark? Just leave them alone. They're not alive for our entertainment. People can go on those shark encounter trips if they want to see great whites.

Author Janiel Vylet Agatha Machura ( ago)
i feel soooo bad 😯😐😢😢😧😣😦😔😖

Author Gabriel Waggoner ( ago)
Why does the sand tiger and great white look so similar?:0

Author Rafael Soto ( ago)
In shark week they would show that great whites spend a lot of time in the deep where the pressure is dangerous to us humans. That might be one of the reasons why they die in aquariums

Author Zookeeper25 ( ago)
So it appears that great white sharks can't be in captivity. What a shame.

Author MK ( ago)
People are messed up.

Author haimynameiz shublabadub ( ago)
The Great white shark isn't in aquariums because he is a B****

Author I.D.C INC ( ago)
this was cool...then at end i see her and smart and gorgeous, some guy lucky af!

Author Skylar Clay ( ago)
they need others to stay alive or they will die of lonelyness look it up

Author howto42 ( ago)
people are sick including the morons who pay to go watch animals suffer.

Author destiny of despair ( ago)
Why would you capture a great white shark

Author Mafe Cam ( ago)
Why can't humans let animals live their life? Go and watch Images of Sharks of you want to but don't force them to live somewhere they clearly don't belong to

Author Jazmin Hernandez ( ago)
I don't get why they even bother with this.
It's too much money, too much effort, too dangerous, and just plain too cruel to these animals. Predatory animals like this don't deserve to be put in tanks or cages for display. They're unable able to adapt to it, so why bother?

Author Conner Brown ( ago)
vox is cancer

Author Duskangels ( ago)
Evolutionism is the dumbest and most dangerous religion in the history of planet earth. They actually believe they came from a rock and believe in spontaneous generation! Now that’s stupid… How could anyone believe that a rock could change to a croc over millions of years? The religion of Evolutionism teaches that a T-Rex evolved into a turkey, that a cow evolved into a whale, that birds and banana's are related and that King Kong was their grandaddy. Lol.!! I can't believe people actually believe that nonsense!.

Author Arnas Jonaitis ( ago)
I would also give up on life if i get caged for life. and starve myself to death

Author Most Satisfying ( ago)
Because there scary!

Author DarkSmoke - ( ago)
Do they not know that they didn't acclimate it while going back into the ocean? No wonder it died...

Author Daniel Thomas ( ago)
tl;dw They ram into the glass walls and cant pump water through their gills normally like most fish. Instead they have to rely on speed and an open mouth, which is hard to do in a cage.

Author Mr Dube ( ago)
Of course you are not gonna see a great white shark in the Aquarium! The Shark needs a lot of space and nature! Not being here!

Author gerberho1 ( ago)
man how boring. I was hoping they'd say "because they usually crash through the glass and eat little kids."

Author ricojes ( ago)
So fearsome yet so vulnerable to immobility.

Author Elisa Mondragon ( ago)
Idiots, *leave those sharks alone* 😡

Author lebz ( ago)
Shes hot.

Author John Connor ( ago)
Maybe we shouldn't do this to sharks!

Author Gil Fiazon ( ago)
All the bleeding heart liberals in the comment section hahaha settle down people it's a shark and it would end the life of you and everyone you've ever loved without thinking twice.

Author Innen sind wir alle Rosa ( ago)
or they could just leave them all alone..

Author Chehine Aouadi ( ago)
It has become customary to use the metric system in educational videos. Please do.

Author Philp Bieber ( ago)
But there is a baby breath white shark in malta

Author Kyle Williams ( ago)
they have one in Japan an it's doing fine but I don't agree with it.

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