Even if you absolutely love aquariums and have been to dozens of them, there’s one sea creature you’ll never ever come across there. Not a single aquarium in the world has a great white shark. Is the great white not cool enough to be put on display? Are people afraid of being attacked even when these animals are confined within thick walls made of special glass?
There have been plenty of attempts to hold these creatures captive. In 1955, the first great white was captured and sent to Marineland of the Pacific in Los Angeles. Unfortunately, the animal didn’t even make it through one day at the oceanarium. Scientists still don’t know much about the great white shark, but they have come up with several theories.
Where can you find great white sharks? 0:48
Attempts to hold great white sharks captive 2:28
Why do they suffer so much from being locked up? 5:00
Lack of space 5:32
Respiratory problems 6:13
The wrong water salinity 7:36
Why is it important to save the last great white sharks? 7:52
-These massive fish can be spotted in cool coastal waters all over the world. “Human” isn’t on a great white’s menu. In general, there are no more than 10 attacks a year.
-In 1955, the first great white was captured and sent to Marineland of the Pacific in Los Angeles. Unfortunately, the animal didn’t even make it through one day at the oceanarium. The SeaWorld in San Diego managed to keep a great white for 16 days back in 2003, but they ended up deciding to release the animal back into the ocean.
-Scientists still don’t know much about the great white shark, but they have come up with several theories.
-Believe it or not, depression and shock can bring these powerful creatures down.
-No aquarium in the world can provide the animal with conditions to let it move as it does in the wild.
-In a tank, great whites can’t move freely, so they develop problems with their respiratory system. What’s more, a shark can suffer from hypoxia, or a deficiency of oxygen.
-Since they need to hunt down their prey and eat it alive, they often refuse to eat in captivity.
-You can’t even imagine how hard it is to mimic the ocean’s unique water composition.
-Great white sharks are extremely important for keeping the ecological balance in the oceans. Losing just one shark endangers the entire ecosystem. Unfortunately, there are just about 3,500 of them left in the world.
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