MONTEREY (USA)- For the sixth time, the Monterey Bay Aquarium in California has a young great white shark on exhibit. He was brought to Monterey from Malibu Wednesday, August 31, just thirteen days after he was collected by aquarium staff in waters off southern California near Marina del Rey.
The young shark, a four-foot, seven-inch male weighing 43.2 pounds, was brought north in a 3,200-gallon mobile life support transport vehicle. He was collected August 18 by aquarium staff with the help of a commercial fishing crew using a purse seine net. He was quickly transferred to a more than 4-million-gallon ocean holding pen off Malibu, where he remained for almost two weeks. Aquarium staff observed him swimming comfortably and documented him feeding in the pen before he was brought to Monterey and placed in the million-gallon Open Sea exhibit at 7:01 p.m.
The Monterey Bay Aquarium remains the only institution in the world to exhibit a great white shark for more than 16 days, and has successfully returned to the wild each animal kept on exhibit.
As with the five other young great white sharks brought to the aquarium since 2004, the aquarium hopes this one will remain on exhibit for several months, as a way to change public attitudes and promote stronger protection for this magnificent and much-maligned ocean predator.
Project White Shark
The Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Project White Shark, started in 2002, is helping research and exhibit white sharks caught off the California coast. This project is promoting study, awareness and conservation of these magnificent animals, including the latest white shark, which went on exhibit August 31.
Six times—from 2004 to 2011—the Aquarium has exhibited young white sharks in our Open Sea exhibit. Seen by millions of visitors, these animals have helped us convey their powerful beauty, and educate visitors about the threats they face in the wild. After the first white shark in 2004 drew almost a million visitors, Executive Director Julie Packard called it “the most powerful emissary for ocean conservation in our history.”
Three of the sharks stayed at the Aquarium for more than four months; one was on exhibit for two-plus months; and one remained with us for just 11 days. All were released healthy, and carried tracking tags that indicated they were doing well in the wild.
The shark can be watched on the Open Sea Web Cam of the Monterey Aquarium.
Read more about the program at Monterey Aquarium website.