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RIP: Monterey Bay Aquarium Great White Shark Dies Minutes After Being Returned to Ocean; Staff 'Surprised And Saddened', 'Distressed and Puzzled'
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MONTEREY, California -- The Monterey Bay Aquarium is deeply saddened to announce the death of the young great white shark released nine days ago off the coast of southern California.

"This is a very difficult day for all of us, and for everyone who saw and cared about this animal," said Jon Hoech, the aquarium's director of husbandry. "Based on the shark's behavior and condition prior to release, we had every confidence that he'd do well back in the wild. Unfortunately, that's not how things turned out. We're surprised and saddened by the outcome."

The 4-foot, 10-inch, 52-pound shark, was transported south to Goleta (Santa Barbara County) by the aquarium's animal care staff on October 25 and released that afternoon. He appeared to be doing well before the release team lost sight of him as he swam away, Hoech said. According to data from the electronic tracking tag, he died minutes after being released.

The electronic tag he carried popped free on Saturday, October 29; began transmitting its stored data on Sunday, October 30; and was recovered that afternoon. It was delivered to the aquarium's white shark team on Tuesday, November 1 for analysis.

"Our animal care staff is unrivaled in its knowledge of young great white sharks," said Jim Hekkers, the aquarium's managing director. "I'm proud of the passion and dedication they demonstrate each day. This is a difficult time for all of us."

The decision to release the shark after 55 days on exhibit was based on changes in how well he was navigating in the exhibit, said aquarium staff veterinarian Dr. Mike Murray changes that, over time, could result in abrasions that might become a source of infection.

This was not the first time a great white shark on exhibit at the aquarium has experienced "navigation" problems. Back in February 2005, the aquarium released its great white shortly after UnderwaterTimes.com and the Pelagic Shark Research Foundation published exclusive pictures showing the shark with a severely abraded nose. Again in January 2007, the aquarium had to release its captive great white shark citing "snout abrasions" and "logistical challenges" in keeping the wild animal.

"Our first concern is always the health and well-being of the animals under our care," he said. "It became clear that it was time to release him."

"While we determined it was best not to keep him on exhibit any longer, we had no reservations about whether the shark would do well in the wild," Dr. Murray added. "That's why his death is both distressing and puzzling."

In the weeks to come, Hoech said, the aquarium's white shark exhibit and field research team will review all of its procedures and protocols in the wake of the first death among the six young sharks exhibited in Monterey since 2004. An 11th field season, including tagging and tracking sharks in the wild and potentially bringing a young shark to Monterey will resume in the summer of 2012.

Five other great white sharks have been successfully returned to the wild after spending periods between 11 days and six-and-a-half months at the aquarium. One other animal a small shark that fed only once during its 11 days on exhibit was also transported south to Goleta for release. Four other sharks were released in Monterey Bay.

Tracking tag data from all five sharks confirmed they survived their release, though one of the sharks died four months later in a fisherman's net in Baja California.

Exhibit of young great white sharks is one part of the aquarium's Project White Shark, an effort by the aquarium and its research colleagues to learn more about white sharks in the wild as well as to inspire visitors to become advocates for shark conservation by bringing them face to face with sharks on exhibit.

Since 2002, the aquarium and its research partners have tagged and tracked 47 juvenile great white sharks off southern California. Earlier this year, the aquarium was lead sponsor of legislation enacted in California that outlaws the shark fin trade a major factor in the global decline of shark populations.

The aquarium has allocated nearly $2 million toward its studies of adult and juvenile great white sharks in the wild research aimed at better understanding and protecting white shark populations. Details about Project White Shark are available at www.montereybayaquarium.org/cr/whiteshark.aspx.

This is not the first time a great white shark on exhibit at the aquarium has experienced "navigation" problems. Back in February 2005, the aquarium released its great white shortly after UnderwaterTimes.com and the Pelagic Shark Research Foundation published exclusive pictures showing the shark with a severely abraded nose. Again in January 2007, the aquarium had to release its captive great white shark citing "snout abrasions" and "logistical challenges" in keeping the wild animal.

Views expressed in this article do not necessarily reflect those of UnderwaterTimes.com, its staff or its advertisers.

Reader Comments

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This aquarium needs to stop hunting and displaying great white sharks! They are doing it for money. Now they've killed one! They should be prosecuted for killing a protected species.
   comment# 1   - James Alworthy · San Francisco, USA · Nov 3, 2011 @ 6:09am

This is extremely sad. First they robbed this animal of a normal life by kidnapping him from his natural home so they could make money from "exhibiting" him. Now, thanks to the terrible stress of captivity, he is dead. If this aquarium wants to learn more about sharks they should study them in the wild, not force them into captivity. What do we learn about animals in captivity? Only how they act in captivity, certainly not how they act in the wild. If they want to educate others about sharks, they can do that without removing animals from their homes and making them endure the stress of what is essentially a prison. I'm at least grateful that he got to die in his home, not in a human made tank. May his soul rest in peace.
   comment# 2   - Teresa Wagner · Big Sur, CA · Nov 3, 2011 @ 6:10am

As with any population of animals that humans don't find particularly "cuddly", managing the population of great white sharks requires funding. Taking a shark and displaying it for significant revenue - which then goes back into shark conservation - is a good thing for sharks overall. Moreover, as Peter Benchley, Nick Hislop, and (accidentally) Eric Ritter (and others) have portrayed sharks as potential man-eaters, showing a white shark to get the public to come look at allows the acquarium to educate people who would otherwise not typically be open to the conversation. Similar work has been done with salt-water crocodiles in Australia, to great success. It's unfortunate that the shark is dead, but hopefully the death was not in vain - hopefully more people were educated about sharks (in a good way), and hopefully significant funds has been raised to help this species.
   comment# 3   - Jason · New York, NY · Nov 3, 2011 @ 10:28am

LEAVE THE GUPPIES ALONE.
   comment# 4   - Austin · Roanoke, Texas · Nov 3, 2011 @ 12:56pm

I agree with comments #1, #2 and #3. This is really a sad state of affairs. They will kill the last anmial left to study it and to prove that there actually was one!The Navy is killing them all the time with under water sonar in the name of USA security.
   comment# 5   - john · Sussex, NJ · Nov 3, 2011 @ 1:15pm

there are a lot more people that need help than these sharks send some funds there first have a look around wont you
   comment# 6   - paul · brooklyn, ny · Nov 3, 2011 @ 1:20pm

To Jason from NY,NY: Sharks need to capture you for revenue and study until so stressed you die. That also would be for a good cause.
   comment# 7   - Scott · Raleigh,NC · Nov 3, 2011 @ 1:22pm

We are left in the dark if studies about the wild are hampered..Sorry about the shark
   comment# 8   - Eddie D. Bernard · Indianapolis,Indiana · Nov 3, 2011 @ 1:23pm

Aquariums have been attempting for years to keep great whites in captivity. Almost everytime they keep them the sharks begin displaying navigation problems. These are special sharks. They need the open ocean to live not an aquarium no matter how large. Enough is enough, let them be and instead of encouraging people to see them after paying a hefty admission price encourage someone to crack open a book if education is the purpose here.
   comment# 9   - Melissa · Salem, Oh · Nov 3, 2011 @ 1:33pm

It is a mystery why such a young shark died. I thank you and the aquarium for boarding,feeding,observing its behavior,chances are he probably wouln't survived in the wild with larger species,every species in the ocean Survival of the Fetus.
   comment# 10   - Roxanne Greer · Chicago,Illinois · Nov 3, 2011 @ 1:35pm

Suprise suprise a captive animal dies. Shouldnt have been there in the first place. Once again humans prove to be part of the problem rather than the solution.
   comment# 11   - Derek · Oakwood, GA · Nov 3, 2011 @ 1:55pm

beutiful shark1...wonder y it had died????? .. maybe it just wasn't used to surviving on it's own
   comment# 12   - sandra · Seaford'Delaware · Nov 3, 2011 @ 1:57pm

Awful story! Once again, an animal dies from HUMAN greed. I agree with the folks who say "study them in the wild" not in a cage! What ever money is being spent on projects like this one should be spent on the "wild" life study of the animal.
   comment# 13   - Paisley · McCormick,SC · Nov 3, 2011 @ 2:22pm

dont care, we are in a recession but have money to captivate sharks. this country is very smart(sarcasm)
   comment# 14   - mia954 · tennessee · Nov 3, 2011 @ 2:23pm

It is a shame that the shark died (I am crying uncontrollably, serious), and yes humans are always the problem (Even though we for the most part don't eat each other), so on the basis of all the comments above, there is only one possible solution. Kill all the humans, we don't belong here, we are not part of the evolutionary, or creation process(whatever you believe). You people are amazing, and quite humorous
   comment# 15   - Jorge · Sacto, CA · Nov 3, 2011 @ 2:25pm

I WONDER IF HE DIED OF A HEART ATTACK?? DID THEY RECOVER HIS BODY? WILL THEY BE SPENDING MONEY ON AN AUTOPSY? HOW COME THEY CAN'T SPEND MONEY ON THAT SORT OF RESEARCH? BECAUSE THAT MIGHT ACTUALLY HELP THE SHARKS!
   comment# 16   - KAT · NY, MONROE · Nov 3, 2011 @ 2:53pm

You folks should be organizing Occupy Chinatown to stop the slaughter of tens of thousands of slow reproducing sharks rather than bewailing the unfortunate death of one carefully cared for animal.
   comment# 17   - Factkneader · San Jose, CA · Nov 3, 2011 @ 2:58pm

Of course we eat each other, metaphorically speaking. We kill each other over land and food and natural resources. We were given "dominion" over animals. We were not told to exploit and eradicate them. Thank you for your perceptive comments, Jorge, I am sure we will manage that little task fairly soon now.
   comment# 18   - jaelbo · englewood, CO · Nov 3, 2011 @ 3:05pm

Come on, let's not be so critical of the scientists who are trying to learn something about sea creatures. Generally, the great whites do not die in captivity, nor shortly after release. Some of the critics are very severe in their condemnation, but what have they done lately to study sea creatures? We should not be so critical of people who try their very best to protect sea animals while studying them.
   comment# 19   - Fletcher Phelan · Benicia, California, USA · Nov 3, 2011 @ 3:10pm

We humans can never leave well enough alone. Apparently studying these animals in captivity hasn't given the aquarium the knowledge they need to discern how to restore them to the wild safely. I am sure they are deeply saddened by its death. Perhaps the next time they'll succeed. wtf people don't you realize children are dying, parents are jobless, the world really does have some bigger issues to focus on. I totally agree with comments #9 and #14 and Jason you're right I just don't see this animal as cuddly...but by no means should it be abused
   comment# 20   - charmedone2 · Cleveland, OH USA · Nov 3, 2011 @ 3:28pm

Give me a break! Yes, its horribble the animal died! He was tagged for research. Do any of you know what this means? You wouldn't have such cuddly feelings about sharks unless it was for research and education by Oceanographers and others. Yes our evolution as a human race has to develop. You use the tiolet, eat and drink from bottles and cans, use paper, electriciy, drive cars and bicycles...the list goes on. Gee, I wonder how we polluted and made all this trash? Sharks eat other sharks. I'm sorry it happened lets get realistic..we alll leave our carbon fotprint and destroy accidentily. Until we know the cause thats when we are at fault.
   comment# 21   - Kimberly · Orange County, CA · Nov 3, 2011 @ 3:29pm

What the Aquarium is doing in the name of science makes me think of Japans killing of whales for science. Everyone knows it's for the money. The AQUARIUM should be charged and found guilty of harassment and endangering the lives of of these sharks. A big hefty fine should be put against them. 2 Million dollars for "Shark Research"...... There are people losing their homes, their jobs, kids going without food, adults going without food so as to feed their kids. What is wrong with this picture Monterey Bay Aquarium??
   comment# 22   - Doris · Sylva, USA · Nov 3, 2011 @ 3:36pm

I surf near Goleta California. Next time release your white sharks in your own backyard.
   comment# 23   - kc · ventura, ca · Nov 3, 2011 @ 3:44pm

No one working in the shark program at Monterey Bay is doing it to get rich. They are scientists with a deep love of the ocean and white sharks specifically. They've dedicated their lives to promoting education and conservation and it's a hard and often thankless job with criticism when they succeed, and also when issues arise. There is no 'in home' education that can compare with seeing one of these animals in real life. It's life changing and amazing and countless children (and hopefully adults) have a new awareness of the integral role sharks play in the ecosystem. It's terrible that the shark died when released and I've shed a tear too; but to attack the scientists who are trying to save these creatures in more ways than merely an exhibit at an aquarium is total crap.
   comment# 24   - Lori · Boulder, USA · Nov 3, 2011 @ 4:17pm

Knee-jerk reactions of outrage and assumptions of wrongdoing are too 'easy' to have in these matters, but don't help me learn about the problem. For those of us with no first-hand experience in shark research, wild animals in captivity, Pacific Ocean conditions, etc., it'd truly help to learn more from those who do -- and I mean the whole spectrum of info, not just company lines. Then I can decide whether to sob 'uncontrol-lably' (Jorge--you sarcastic brat). Stopping to assess before reacting to all 'hot-button' issues is the key to stopping the worldwide human problem of emotional overreaction. There must be a Spok quote for this. Trekkies, a little help?
   comment# 25   - Kristy · Surprise, AZ · Nov 3, 2011 @ 4:19pm

monterey bay aquarium is the finest study of sealife anywhere.When we moved to marina ca the first thing we did was get a membership and visited twice a month for years.They have teachers in every section of the aquarium who explain to the children and adults ever bit of information they have on all the spieces.You can tell they truely care about keeping the ocean safe
   comment# 26   - jay · palmer lake co · Nov 3, 2011 @ 4:49pm

Its a shark.... it died.. who cares? When placing the liffe of one thing that could possible kill a man vrs teh wellbeing of another human being, the shark is soup every time. Anyone who thinks otherwise is free to offer itself up as a snack for those poor misunderstood killers.
   comment# 27   - JD Gold · Gwangju, South Korea · Nov 3, 2011 @ 5:26pm

They're killing all the corn and beans right now....someone stop them!!!
   comment# 28   - Jason · Indianapolis, IN · Nov 3, 2011 @ 5:40pm

Kristy, the needs of the many outweighs the needs of the few. Or the one. If you can save one ocean animal, then you can save them all.
   comment# 29   - Holly · Devens · Nov 3, 2011 @ 7:32pm

Why would they release a dangerous creature to feed on us? I say they should have eaten him and made some money off of the fins!!!
   comment# 30   - bobby b · columbia, usa · Nov 3, 2011 @ 8:52pm

Misplaced cavalry from the ignorant!Leave the scientists alone. Instead, go after the Japanese and Chinese industries that thrive on shark fins,whales and turtles. These are the real culprits and a disgrace to humanity!
   comment# 31   - Miguel · Sacramento, CA · Nov 3, 2011 @ 9:27pm

I understand the need to study and learn from our world around us. Sea life is amazing and if I found a baby shark my first thoughts would be to try to keep it. The same first reaction a child has to seeing a puppy or cute kitten. It is the responsibility of the older, wiser, more experienced generations to stop us and say "no". As a parent tells a child no for reasons the child will not understand till later in life. We too need to give the animals of the sea one last hug or kiss and release them back to the wild to life where they belong. No matter how great we think we are and how big our artificial habitats get we are still not as amazing as the real world that was made just for each animal. Learn from studying them in their own world. We can't continue to try to bring them into ours. In the end it is the animals that lose. Humans use science as a childish excuse to keep a pet when we need someone to step in and tell the overly educated scientist No. Put it back and leave it alone. It belongs here in its world!
   comment# 32   - Lynette · Topeka KS · Nov 3, 2011 @ 9:30pm

I agree with #12-Sandra I'm sure it really couldn't survive on it's own.Why didn't they think of that before they captured it and put it threw alot of stress,and then released it and shocked it again.....DUH!
   comment# 33   - Kathi · Wichita Falls,Tex. USA · Nov 4, 2011 @ 2:59am

I guess no one expected it, but THATS WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU PUT A CAPTIVE ANIMAL BACK IN THE WILD. Being out in the ocean it might have went into shock or was attacked by a larger shark. None the less its a very beautiful creatue and i'd give anything to see one, even up close. The aquarium did nothing wrong, they jumped as soon ans the shark started showing navigation issues, so they released it hoping it would follow suit with the other sharks they released successfully. Dont blame the aquarium for what happened in the wild.
   comment# 34   - nai'a · new york · Nov 5, 2011 @ 10:56pm

It amazes me all the judgement. I sit here and read all of the comments and agree with parts and then, I'm completely appalled by the rest. It is so easy to judge and point fingers and say 'humans' are to blame or wild animals are not meant to be captive. I guess I see where some of you are coming from but I still don't agree. But seeing as 'humans' are the reason this species and the rest of their cousins are going extinct, don't you think we, humans, should step up and do something about it? Education? Research? That's what the scientists are MBA are doing. What have you done for sharks lately? Or any suffering animal? I do think it's sad that the animal didn't make it but with what they are trying to do, statistically speaking, not all of them were going to make it. Considering 5 out of 6 have/did, that's not bad. And the idea that wild animals are not meant to be captive, please. How many other species have we captive bread or plain old captured, then released and they did/do just fine? I just think we need to respect what the scientist are trying to accomplish and not jump the gun. And if you disagree that's cool. I won't cry myself to sleep but I think you should put your money where your mouth is instead of writing comments, don't go to zoos and aquariums, that will make more of an impact then anything.
   comment# 35   - Elle · FL · Nov 8, 2011 @ 4:18pm

I'm curious as to why the article says the shark died "minutes after release," while the caption on the photo says "9 days after release." Which one is it? That said, I'm torn about the aquarium's shark program. On one hand, they're getting valuable information about these animals... but on the other, this incident shows that we just don't know enough to be able to keep them in captivity safely. The aquarium is a nonprofit and all the money from ticket sales goes to further their research, so I don't think that money is the motivator for this program.
   comment# 36   - Sara · Santa Cruz, CA · Nov 8, 2011 @ 6:17pm

Monterey Bay is one of the respected aquarium and marine science centres in the world. Good idea to find out more about them before judging - this is a very rare case and should be treated that way. MBA don't 'hunt' sharks, like most aquariums they can only take in injured or abandoned sharks with a long-term view to releasing them. This has no similarity to Japanese whale research.
   comment# 37   - Steve · Melbourne, Australia · Dec 13, 2011 @ 3:31pm
- Editor: The sharks collected have be the result of commercial fishing by-catch. GWS are protected species in California waters since 1994.

Well, on one hand, all animals do better in their natural habitat. On the other, if most people's exposure to sharks consists of watching Jaws, sharks are doomed. Too many people view animals as infinite resources. Too many people actually think some animals are "bad" rather than essential parts of their respective ecosystems. That kind of thinking led to behavior consisting of: shoot and stomp them starlings. Run them buffalo off a cliff for their hides. Eat those dodo birds, shoot those tasmanian wolves (and red wolves), kill that last tiger, harpoon that last humpback whale, and catch that last bluefin tuna. Don't worry about it - they are just animals - they are infinite. The person who kills them has the right to them - if they go extinct, it is no loss to the rest of the world. No one cares if their kids never see a whale, or tiger, or wolf - we've never seen a T-Rex either so who cares if today's animals go extinct? It is all about the individual / commercial fishery killing as many of whatever he feels like killing with any technology he has available - whether fishfinder, nylon nets, sonar, .308, or dynamite. Kill everything, eat your seed-corn, and disregard the natural environment and future generations. Yeah - people really are this stupid.
   comment# 38   - Jim · Charleston, SC · Dec 31, 2011 @ 4:50am

Yeah my goldfish died in the same way...Seriously
   comment# 39   - Karen · Australia · Jan 25, 2012 @ 9:23pm

I surf in goleta. Im glad he didnt get big and strong in the surrounding area. Maybe the dolphins had other ideas-either way Im not losing any sleep over a great white dying in my local surf zone :)
   comment# 40   - Matt · Santa Barbara, CA · Feb 11, 2012 @ 12:24pm

these scientist should know that great white sharks have never survived captivity!!! SHAME ON THEM AND LEAVE THE SHARKS ALONE!!
   comment# 41   - Julie · Oregon · Dec 13, 2012 @ 12:22pm

Time to stop gang violence, hunger, abuse and other issues among humans. We can't take care of ourselves but we interfere with wildlife and international politics. Close the border and retake our own lives then learn about the sharks.
   comment# 42   - JWard · Richardton, ND · Apr 21, 2013 @ 4:50pm

Wow, some of the comments posted here are very misguided and quite ignorant, what the lot of you do not understand is it's nearly impossible to study the white sharks in their natural habitats, thus they remain a mystery to us, yet being able to successfully keep them in captivity gives not only conservationists a chance to study, observe and protect them, but the public a chance to learn as well; "cracking open a book" about a species that is otherwise a total mystery to man, isn't going to help, you dummies.
   comment# 43   - Brando · USA · May 31, 2013 @ 2:25am

The Monterrey Bay Aquarium is a non-profit Board-run facility committed first and foremost to the health and well being of the animals in it's care so to accuse the staff of taking these animals out of the wild just to "make Money" is a ridiculous knee-jerk reaction to the death of this animal. These animals are housed to exhibit them to the public and study the animal. They seek to learn about the animal and educate the public.... The two prime reasons for being in existence. Or we could take the view of so many here and put our heads in the sand and learn nothing from life by doing nothing. Not me, I'm a member of the Monterrey Bay Aquarium and proud of my support.
   comment# 44   - Alan R. Renner · USA · Aug 10, 2013 @ 10:32am

The money gained by keeping one of these animals in captivity is put back into white shark research, death happens, progress is made, improvements are implemented and we come out on top
   comment# 45   - Paul · Wisconsin · Nov 15, 2013 @ 2:48pm

These are the apex predators of the sea. Simply existing with the single thought of killing. How do you expect feeding them (or attempting to) in captivity can compare? Not to mention the great distances great whites travel in the open sea. They've managed for a lot of years without our interference, let's keep it that way. Let's not destroy yet another awe inspiring, magnificent animal......
   comment# 46   - Mike Ford · U.K. · Jan 11, 2014 @ 9:16am

This is tragic like MANY people have said here, but we all need to realize that this animal probably wouldn't have survived on its own because of bigger sharks. This topic is debatable. Sometimes its good and even required because this animal was fed, treated for illness, and was not eaten by larger sharks. However its senses may have gone crazy, it may have lost navigation once released, and it would be harder for the animal to survive alone after release. This animal did not quite pass the mistreatment of orcas at SeaWorold, but some animals like orcas, narwhals, great whites, sperm whales, etc. are not meant for captivity. I half agree on both sides on this debate over the topic of the dead great white.
   comment# 47   - Braden · Florida · Sep 11, 2014 @ 4:49pm

I've had to do so much research for the past six months on keeping killer whales, whale sharks and great white sharks in captivity for a research essay. Ever since I was tiny, sharks, especially great whites have fascinated me, and in an aquarium or not I am determined to see one in my lifetime. MBA have done a lot for Great White sharks, though unfortunately it has been through trial and error, and they continue to tag and conserve these sharks for science and for the conservation of the species. Carcharodon carcharias is the only known species left of its Genus, Carcarodon, and If an aquarium can do what they can to save the genus, even if a few sharks do die (and I do say that with regret because I truly do love these animals) then I will support them. They have released and tracked the sharks and have done what they can. And, Dear Surfers, you have relatively little risk of being attacked, people are not the preferred prey of the great white ;)
   comment# 48   - Harriet · UK · Feb 15, 2015 @ 3:57pm

I believe the Sharks would be able to survive in a circular type tube tank almost like a covered water slide. But instead of being all in one place the shark could be able to go through the tube, and when I say tube I mean a carry, very large tube kind of designed tank. It could possibly wrap around the whole aquarium park so there for the animal can have a little more freedom to navigate and cause less abrasions and maybe make the animal happier. Yes it would cost a crap ton of money to build such a tank but, wouldn't it be worth it to be able to keep this animal alive and more satisfied so it's health doesn't decline? I think so and maybe scientists and biologists have already thought of this but seriously I believe it could make things easier on the shark and the people who care for it. The tank would probably have to be at least half a football field wide and at least 4 miles long. That would probably fix the problem also I'd take water from the area it lives in and put that into the tank to help regulate the saline for the animal. I may just be a 20 year old McDonald's worker but I think this is a good idea for someone of my IQ. Hopefully someone thinks of this solution and fast. I'm afraid of sharks but I'd definitely face my fear and come see a great white in captivity.(:
   comment# 49   - Taylor Lewis · St. James, United states · May 6, 2015 @ 9:37am

Comment #41......Julie, reading is fundamental. The Monterey aquarium has had several Great Whites not only survive captivity, but also their release and reintroduction to the ocean. Im always fascinated by animal rights activists....you'll weep for Cecil the Lion, but wont blink back one tear for a homeless man or woman on the street. You shout about caging animals, but you have several dogs, or cats, or in some cases, horses, yet dont see that as captivity? Its no different than those who rail against oil companies for fracking, then drive 60 miles round trip to work.....where do you think that gas came from? I think Sharks are amazing creatures, and I respect, and applaud any and all efforts to ensure their survival as a vital part of our eco system....but lets learn to get our priorities in order and stop being hypocritical under the guise of self-rightousness.
   comment# 50   - Jeremy Dunn · Westland MI, USA · Dec 30, 2015 @ 5:54am

If you care for your animals, like you profess, you would stop forcing them to live in captivity. Your greed killed the animal. Please..."you feel bad", ya right! Prove it. Stop poaching animals and forcing them to entertain for your guests. The only thing you feel bad about is that you LOST MONEY.
   comment# 51   - Gina · Orange · Jan 8, 2016 @ 1:16pm

To comment #49... I'm actually embarrassed that you come from Smithtown, where I live. You will probably always work at McDonald's. You want to build a "hamster like habit trail" for SHARKS!!! Really..think that through again. They have navigation problems and you think they can navigate tubes??? To all the other idiots... The editors note specifically says that they don't CAPTURE sharks. They rescue sharks. I don't agree with the amount of money spent, but you have to admire their dedication to educating the public while they attempt to reabilitate these animals. So if they raise the money, they have the right to use it for science. For the person who said lets kill all the humans..we don't belong here, let's start with you. I know this site is old but I couldn't resist. Think things through before you comment in the future.
   comment# 52   - Kim mortensen · Nesconset Ny · Mar 25, 2016 @ 10:16am
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