A great white shark has passed away only 3 days after being transferred to a Japanese aquarium.
The great white shark (Carcharodon carcharias) was taken to Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium recently after it was unintentionally captured in a net off the coast of Japan. Measuring a normal 3.5 meters (11.5 feet), the shark had not eaten since it was caught.
The shark’s death will be investigated, although occurrence is not unusual given the history of attempts to catch and keep white sharks in captivity. In 1981, Sea World, San Francisco kept a white shark, which was released only two weeks later after it would not eat.
There are many ideas on why an aquarium cannot hold these animals. Foremost is their temperament is to roam the ocean for many hundreds of square miles, necessitating a huge tank that aquariums are simply unable to provide. If the sharks are not given this, they get depressed and more aggressive.
Furthermore, unless they are starving, great whites will only eat live food and will not to consume already dead prey.
A further idea discusses that the harsh and unnatural environment of a tank may overwhelm these sharks’ keen electro-sensitivity.