Great White Shark Dies in Captivity
Terry Goss, Wikicommons - great white shark at Isla Guadalupe, Mexico, August 2006
Sad news out of Japan earlier this year. A great white shark died at the Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium after being kept in a tank there for only three days. The shark had been caught in a fixed net in Okinawa and taken to the aquarium. While the aquarium said that their visitors had been asking for a great white, the decision to put one on display may not have been a good one: no great white sharks have ever survived in captivity, as they often stop eating and become disoriented, typically crashing into tank walls, when put in a smaller environment. Was the aquarium right to put this shark into an exhibit? Of course people are both fascinated and frightened by the prospect of coming across a great white in the wild, but does that mean they should be put on display? It doesn’t seem as though it is a species that succeeds in captivity. Readers will learn in the upcoming The Great White Shark Scientist, by Sy Montgomery and Keith Ellenbogen, that great whites can live to be up to 70 years old in the wild. It seems too bad that this shark was not given that opportunity.
by Erica Zappy
- Follow Along As We Storm Chase In Tornado Alley
- Is It Tornado Season Where You Live?
- Ultima Journey Update
- Fall 2018 Osprey Update!
- All Hands on Deck to Support the Southern Residents
- Ospreys in Missoula: Spring 2018 Update
- SLJ Interview Gives Readers a Behind the Scenes Look
- Crows Aren’t the Only Smart Birds in Town
- Big News for Scientist in the Field Scott Dowd
- NEW RESOURCE FOR STRAIGHT TALK ABOUT GLOBAL WARMING