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This Is Why You Never See Great White Sharks In Aquariums

Few creatures strike more fear in humans than the Great White Shark.

I can’t even step in the ocean without the Jaws theme tunes resonating in my ears.

But as with most things in life, the things that scare us the most equally fascinate us the most. This is why over the years aquariums have made a huge effort to try and capture sharks for them our entertainment, but to no avail.

And it’s quite sad really :(.


A video by Vox explains exactly why and how this interest has been so deadly for many Great White’s over the years.

Since the 1970s many people have tried their best to display the beast, but all of the attempts resulted in dead sharks. The longest a Great White ever survived in captivity was barely over a fortnight at one point.


By the noughties, Monterey Bay Aquarium ended up spending a decade in planning a white shark program.


It took them years to acquire a shark that lasted in captivity more than 16 days, and it actually lasted 6 months before it was released back into the ocean.

Over the next few years, they managed to display 5 more baby Great White Sharks but soon ended the program because of heavy criticism about the shark’s welfare.

These animals are meant to be wild.


However, this didn’t stop a Japanese aquarium capturing an eleven-and-a-half-foot shark and putting it on display. It died three days later.

Such a tragic loss of life.


The problem ultimately boils down to the fact that Great White Sharks thrive in the wild. They need to be able to roam in order to breathe. They are not meant to be looked at through a glass panel, they are meant to be admired from afar, because they are one of gods most magnificent and monstrous creatures.


 Watch the video here:



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