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Friday, January 8, 2016

From the News: Great White Shark (Briefly) Exhibited at Japanese Aquarium

The Okinawa Aquarium in Japan briefly held a great white shark, approximately 10 feet long, in captivity.  The shark was brought to the facility by fisherman, but passed away earlier today.  Great whites are notoriously difficult to maintain in aquariums, with only the Monteray Bay Aquarium in California having any luck keeping the species; that success was probably attributable to the fact that they started with juveniles, which were then released back into the ocean after a certain period of time.

Plenty of sharks do quite well in captivity and can be seen in aquariums around the world - sand tigers, nurses, sand bars, leopards, zebras... Maybe we just need to accept for the time being that great whites don't work in this setting.

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