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Great white shark dies in captivity
San Francisco Chronicle ^ | Wednesday, June 22, 2005

Posted on 06/23/2005 10:49:05 AM PDT by nickcarraway

A great white shark mistakenly captured by fishermen died shortly after the Monterey Bay Aquarium transported it to an ocean holding pen.

The 5-foot, 60-pound shark was caught eight days ago off Huntington Beach before a 4 million gallon holding pen had been moved from storage in Mexico and set up in ocean waters off Malibu. Aquarium officials initially moved the female shark to a much smaller holding pool in San Pedro until the larger pen was ready.

The shark was finally moved to the ocean pen on Friday. It was found dead on Sunday.

"It seemed like a reasonable thing to do," said aquarium spokesman Ken Peterson. "Our husbandry staff had some comfort level." But he acknowledged that "something in transit took longer than it should have."

Researchers had not yet decided whether to tag and release the animal or move her north to the aquarium display. Another white shark that had been held for a record 198 days, drawing record visitors, was released back into the wild in March after growing too large and too aggressive.

The cause of death was under investigation. The animal had not eaten since her capture, but it was not clear whether that was caused by an injury, stress from her capture or an unknown medical condition. The results from a necropsy were not immediately available.

"The best indication is she just kind of ran out of gas from not having eaten," Peterson said.

The shark also had injured an eye, though it's not clear when or how that occurred.

"We didn't feel comfortable releasing it into the wild," Peterson said.

The death is not expected to affect the shark research program, though it does fuel debate over whether the aquarium should be trying to keep white sharks in captivity.

(Excerpt) Read more at sfgate.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Extended News; Miscellaneous; News/Current Events; US: California
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1 posted on 06/23/2005 10:49:06 AM PDT by nickcarraway
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Great Whites don't do well in captivity.


2 posted on 06/23/2005 10:50:36 AM PDT by Brilliant
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To: nickcarraway
Great White??


3 posted on 06/23/2005 10:51:29 AM PDT by RockinRight (Conservatism is common sense, liberalism is just senseless.)
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To: nickcarraway

Obviously these folks have never seen "Jaws 3D".


4 posted on 06/23/2005 10:52:42 AM PDT by socal_parrot (Tina Delgado is alive! ALIVE!)
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To: nickcarraway

Trial and error seems like a poor way to learn how to hold these creatures. Does PETA know about this?


5 posted on 06/23/2005 10:53:39 AM PDT by subterfuge (Hillary's Operative Cooked the Books! **just keep saying that wherever you go**)
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To: socal_parrot

They're going to need a bigger tank.


6 posted on 06/23/2005 10:53:41 AM PDT by Patrick1
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To: nickcarraway

Fish and chips for all!


7 posted on 06/23/2005 10:53:45 AM PDT by Hugin
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To: RockinRight
Great White??

A greatest hits album?

8 posted on 06/23/2005 10:53:57 AM PDT by socal_parrot (Tina Delgado is alive! ALIVE!)
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The animal had not eaten since her capture,

So she died a peaceful death, right?

9 posted on 06/23/2005 10:54:49 AM PDT by gov_bean_ counter
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To: subterfuge
Trial and error seems like a poor way to learn how to hold these creatures.

Is there another way to learn how to hold them?

10 posted on 06/23/2005 10:55:01 AM PDT by HairOfTheDog
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""We didn't feel comfortable releasing it into the wild," Peterson said. "

But they're perfectly comfortable moving around and it not eating at all. Sheesh.

11 posted on 06/23/2005 10:55:08 AM PDT by subterfuge (Hillary's Operative Cooked the Books! **just keep saying that wherever you go**)
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To: Brilliant
Great Whites don't do well in captivity.

Mostly true.

I had the good fortune of being at The Monterey Bay Aquarium the day their Great White was put on display. Cute little critter. It was quite comfortable there for over six months, and I think it would still be there if it hadn't started acting like a shark...

12 posted on 06/23/2005 10:55:34 AM PDT by null and void (2 plain)
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"We didn't feel comfortable releasing it into the wild," Peterson said.

It came from the wild, why not release it back into the wild?


13 posted on 06/23/2005 10:56:11 AM PDT by caver (Yes, I did crawl out of a hole in the ground.)
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The cause of death was under investigation.

Send for the experts in Florida.

14 posted on 06/23/2005 10:56:35 AM PDT by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: nickcarraway

I saw one of the Great Whites a few months ago while visiting Monterey. For all its notoriety, it was an elegant creature.


15 posted on 06/23/2005 10:56:48 AM PDT by aQ_code_initiate
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To: socal_parrot
A greatest hits album?

More likely a greatest 'hit' album.

16 posted on 06/23/2005 10:57:20 AM PDT by softwarecreator (Facts are to liberals as holy water is to vampires)
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To: null and void

I took my kid to Sea World once. He asked one of the experts there why they did not have a great white, and the response was "They don't do well in captivity. No one knows why, but they don't."


17 posted on 06/23/2005 10:58:11 AM PDT by Brilliant
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To: softwarecreator

Recalling a very old joke....

"Their Greatest Hits album is a '45' and one side is instrumental."


18 posted on 06/23/2005 10:59:23 AM PDT by socal_parrot (Tina Delgado is alive! ALIVE!)
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To: aQ_code_initiate
I saw one of the Great Whites a few months ago

Lucky you.   I've seen many sharks before, but never a Great White.  Had to be an incredible sight.

19 posted on 06/23/2005 10:59:24 AM PDT by softwarecreator (Facts are to liberals as holy water is to vampires)
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To: socal_parrot
Recalling a very old joke....

That's okay, "Great White" is a very old group.

20 posted on 06/23/2005 11:00:39 AM PDT by softwarecreator (Facts are to liberals as holy water is to vampires)
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