Great whites are aggressive creatures, which makes them difficult to capture and handle. Their need to hunt and swim freely for long distances means that in captivity, they can refuse food and get depressed and disoriented.

Monterey Bay Aquarium is one of the few places that’s had success in keeping great whites: In 2004, the California facility exhibited a five-foot female for 198 days before she grew restless and attacked two smaller sharks in her tank. She was then released into the wild.

In late 2011, after 55 days on display at the aquarium, a young male was released back into the world and died shortly after.

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