Monterey displays great white shark captured off Marina del Rey
A great white shark recently captured near Marina Del Rey is now on display at the Monterey Bay Aquarium, officials said Thursday.
The young male shark, about 4 feet, 7 inches long and weighing just over 43 pounds, was caught Aug. 18 and kept for observation in a holding pen off Malibu for a couple of weeks before being transferred Wednesday to Monterey, aquarium officials said in a statement.
The shark -- the sixth of its kind to be exhibited at the aquarium, will be displayed at the Open Sea exhibit for the next several months.
The exhibit is seen “as a way to change public attitudes and promote stronger protection for this magnificent and much-maligned ocean predator,” officials said.
The other five sharks previously displayed were all returned to the wild.
Monterey Bay Aquarium is the only institution in the world to exhibit a great white shark for more than 16 days, and the five sharks previously exhibited had been seen by more than 2 million people, according to officials.
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Photo: The captured young male shark is now on display at the Monterey Bay Aquarium. Credit: Monterey Bay Aquarium