Meet Mr. Shark....at the MBA!

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    Sharkie The Damsel Defender

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    Sea Notes: Great White Shark on Exhibit!

    Now's the time to visit the Monterey Bay Aquarium if you haven't already!! :D

    This guy is awesome... transported amazingly and is doing great with everyone else so far :) Here's hoping to a great new shark run....


    just in time for labor day weekend ;D
     
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    Cool!!
     
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    So cool! I wish i lived closer to such a great aquarium
     
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    The young shark, a four-foot, seven-inch male, weighs 43.2 pounds.

    major typo hahaha

    I thought you couldnt keep great white sharks in captivity
     
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    Sir Alex Dragon the eel (below)

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    Hey Sharkie, how do they ship those big fish, like that and whale sharks?
     
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    motorcyclereefer I am Graffiti Petey

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    They swim of course! :dunno::trampolin
     
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    I wish i could still go to the London Aquarium! :(
     
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    @Alex, all the sharks we have that come in have a special transport tank called the "Winnebaygo" (also called the tunabaygo and shark-a-baygo by those of us who are using it a lot with our research animals) that have about 5000 gallons of water we transport up/from where ever on a semi truck... every 30mins the truck makes a stop to check vitals and condition of the animals inside :) It's how the majority of our animals that we do rescue/bring in to exhibit are transported....

    At the MBA we WON'T house anything bigger than 9ft. We're about conservation and not always about the money. Thats the reason we dont' house dolphins, orcas, or even seals because we provide those right off our bay in natural oceans and they just don't need to be confined to a tank. I am kinda glad that we don't house things like that. another aquarium i won't name got in trouble for over-stocking their legal limits of whale sharks....

    We are one of the ONLY aquariums in the world to sucessfully house and release great white sharks :) our first was in 2004 and it was the COOLEST thing EVER to be there that day :) I was lucky enough to be hooked into some pretty big research groups ( i was only 14 at the time) with our TOPP program and I got to help and stuff :)
     
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    Sir Alex Dragon the eel (below)

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    So they have a tractor trailer full of water? :lol:

    I though you weren't supposed to release animals in to the wild that have been in captivity? In case of disease or something?
     
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    [ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zjbe0IxI-4A&feature=player_embedded]September 2011: Our new great white shark goes on exhibit. - YouTube[/ame]

    Theres a vid of our new lil guy and how they travel~

    With our animals they are releasable because all of our water is pumped in naturally from the oceans... basically whatever's out there is in our tanks. The only animals we don't re-release back into the wild are our 6 resident sea otters because of their medical conditions and our birds because they are all considered too weak to be in the wild... a few have health problems and a lot of htem came to us with broken wings... We have huge breeding and re-introduction programs we use at the aquarium to help boost the natural ocean's population.... it sounds weird that we can't do things like that with home aquariums but because all of our water is in and out straight from the ocean whatever diseases that are tehre we also are suceptable to... living in our aquarium invironment the animals are typically healthier and when released they thrive :) we've tracked TONs of them (check out TOPP.org) for months and some a few years and all do great :)
     
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