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Have You Ever Wondered Why You Never See A Great White Shark In Captivity…Well Wonder No More

Ever since the release of the film “Jaws” in 1975, Great White Sharks have become both “famous” and “infamous”. One fact remains, they are definately the rock stars of the sea. But he question remains…how come you never see great white’s in captivity?

It’s not their large size surely, after all, we keep killer whales captive – so why not great whites? One of the last attempts to put a great white into captivity was at the Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium in Japan two years ago. It died within just three days.

Before this, there have been dozens of equally depressing attempts to put great white sharks on display for the public. The first known attempt was by Marineland of the Pacific, a California oceanarium and tourist attraction, during the mid-1950’s.
 
It survived for less than a day. SeaWorld also had a fair few shots at trying to home great white sharks during the 1970’s, 80’s, and 90’s, all of which resulted in the shark dying, or being released back to the wild within a couple of weeks.
 
In fact, in 2004 the Monterey Bay Aquarium became the only institution to keep great whites alive for longer than 16 days. They actually managed to stay alive and well for several months, however, this is very much the exception.

Hopefully, the video below will answer all of your question as to why these magnificent animals cannot, or are not, kept in captivity.

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