Monterey Bay Aquarium suspends collection of great white sharks

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The Monterey Bay Aquarium will not collect or display great white sharks for the remainder of 2013.

According to a Santa Cruz Sentinel report, the Monterey Bay Aquarium will not attempt to collect or display any juvenile great white sharks (Carcharodon carcharias) for the remainder of 2013. The decision to suspend the collection of the species was a result of a recent petition to have the white shark classified as endangered, according to the Santa Cruz Sentinel.

The Monterey Bay Aquarium has had 6 juvenile white sharks on exhibit since 2004, all of which were released to the wild after their stays at the aquarium. The sharks were tagged with satellite tracking tags prior to their release. Tracking data indicated that one of the sharks died “soon after release” of “unknown causes,” while another died four months after release as a result of being caught in a fisherman’s gill net. Data from five of the released sharks (including the shark killed in the by the gill net) indicated that they “thrived” for long periods of time, traveling distances of up to 2,000 miles, according to the aquarium’s website.

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