A great white shark died after just three days in a Japanese aquarium. It is well known that the predatory fish do NOT thrive in captivity.
The New York Times reports that an 11 1/2-foot-long male shark was caught off the coast of Japan, and was shortly after transferred to an exhibit called “The Sea of Dangerous Sharks” at the Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium last Tuesday.
Unfortunately, just three days later, the great white shark died.
Aquariums have tried for years to keep great white sharks in captivity, but the predatory fish do not do thrive in tanks.
According to experts, the shark is a open-water fish that swims fast, rips its pray to pieces, and never encounters walls in its natural habitat. In a tank, it is common for the sharks to refuse to eat, which is exactly what contributed to this shark’s death.
Furthermore, a great white shark needs a large amount of space to swim in order to maintain oxygen levels and body temperature.
The aquarium argued that they hoped to learn a great deal about these creatures because little was known, but experts say their actions were driven by profit.
Said George H. Burgess, an ichthyologist at the Florida Museum of Natural History:
“It’s purely climb-the-mountain stuff. In the world of aquaria, where you bring in your clientele, the visitors, based on your attractions, it’s an attraction you would have that nobody else would have.”
PETA spoke for many when it commented: “The shark never had to die like this.”
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