Great White Shark From Malibu on Exhibit in Monterey Bay

The young male was observed for 13 days by scientists in a holding pen near Paradise Cove prior to being sent to Monterey Bay.

UPDATE Sept. 1: The Monterey Bay Aquarium announced in a press release on Thursday that the juvenile shark is now part of the Open Sea exhibit. 

"Aquarium staff observed him swimming comfortably and documented him feeding [for 13 days] in the [Malibu holding pen] before he was brought to Monterey and placed in the million-gallon Open Sea exhibit at 7:01 p.m. [on Wednesday]," the press release states.

Go here for more information on the exhibit.


A young male great white shark , and later sent to a 4-million-gallon holding pen near Paradise Cove in Malibu that is owned by the Monterey Bay Aquarium. The juvenile could be the sixth great white placed in an exhibit at the aquarium. Scientists are determining if the recently captured shark is appropriate for the journey and placement in the exhibit called Open Sea.

The five sharks exhibited since 2004 were all released after stays that ranged from 11 days to six and a half months, according to the aquarium's website.

Sharks in the holding pen near Paradise Cove are observed in an enclosed space before being transported to the aquarium's 1-million-gallon exhibit, said Karen Jeffries, the aquarium's public relations manager. 

By tagging and exhibiting the great whites, scientists hope to develop a greater understanding of the creatures, Jeffries said.

Scientists have tagged and tracked 18 juveniles and 167 adult sharks through the program. Go here to view a tagging map that shows some of the routes that sharks marked in the Malibu area have traveled.

Malibu's ocean appears to be a prime area for juvenile great white sharks, Jeffries said. She said the young sea creatures are likely drawn to Malibu's waters due to the warm temperature.  

The population is so large that if you were to observe the Malibu coast from the air, you might notice pools of juvenile white sharks.

Editor's Note: A previous version of this story stated the shark was caught off the Malibu coast. It was actually caught off the Marina del Rey coast, and later brought to the holding pen off Paradise Cove. 

Julie Eamer September 01, 2011 at 03:54 AM
Oh Goodie..... Malibu is aiding and abetting with kidnapping... And, the chum they are feeding this poor juvenile???
Marshall Thompson September 01, 2011 at 04:08 AM
I don't get it. Leave the damn wildlife alone!
Rabbi Levi Cunin September 01, 2011 at 05:38 AM
The transport truck was parked in a lot right outside my office. I had a chance to speak to Ken Peterson from the the Monterey Bay Aquarium, They are doing important research work to protect the great whites. . You may want to read up on it at http://www.montereybayaquarium.org/cr/whiteshark.aspx.
Jonathan Friedman September 01, 2011 at 06:58 PM
I have added a video from the Monterey Bay Aquarium showing the exhibit and the delivery of the shark to the aquarium.
Cherie September 02, 2011 at 03:51 AM
I agree with Marshall Thompson... LEAVE THE ANIMALS/MAMMALS ALONE.....YOU ARE PART OF THE PROBLEM WITH THIS PLANET GOING TO HELL! Putting this amazing creature into a 1 million gallon tank in Monterey Bay Aquarium....REALLY..how about putting yourself in a 3 sqare foot box to live in...SAME thing!
Jamie Ottilie September 02, 2011 at 05:41 AM
I am as pro-wildlife as the rest of you - however Monterrey bay aquarium has led the charge on educating non-coastal living people about the Ocean and about Great White Sharks - that are still viewed with fear and a 'kill em all' attitude by most of the US. Taking one and keeping it in the aquarium as part of a research project and then releasing it to the wild when it gets to large to continue to learn is helpful to ocean species preservation not harmful.
Marshall Thompson September 02, 2011 at 04:15 PM
Jamie, I respectfully disagree that there is now or ever has been a "kill them all" attitude by most of the US regarding sharks as you propose. Never in my 63 years have I heard this sentiment expressed even when Spielberg's "Jaws" was released. A fascination and fear to be sure, but never a desire to eradicate. In fact many conservation and wildlife protection organizations like our American Tortoise Rescue (www.tortoise.com) and http://www.stopsharkfinning.net/ are working tirelessly to prevent the decimation of native shark populations by ending the barbaric practice of slicing shark fins from millions upon millions of living sharks and then throwing the still-alive animals to die at sea, all for the Asian appetite for shark-fin soup. Many in animal-protection organizations prefer a hands-off treatment of wild animal populations as opposed to studying them to death in captivity. Most zoos and acquaria are merely prisons for animals that would rather take their chances in the wild given the choice. A shark in a tank serves to titillate gawkers and act as a star attraction for ticket-buying public and little else. A captive pelagic animal in a cramped artificial environment, devoid of it's usual prey and open-ocean conditions, reveals little about its native habits, in my opinion.
Paul Grisanti September 03, 2011 at 06:31 PM
I traveled to Monterey to visit and see the previous resident from Malibu. The tank was large enough to accommodate the White and a few other sharks, a school of large Tuna (600 pounders) and a lot of smaller bait fish. As I recall that White was released after he attacked one of the other sharks. I enjoyed the experience and thought it was valuable for my understanding of our local environment. I guess that makes me a bad person.
Marshall Thompson September 03, 2011 at 06:32 PM
No, Paul, just a man with a different POV. Have a great Malibu day!


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