Saturday, February 09, 2008

Monterey Bay Aquarium releases Great White Shark into the wild

The Monterey Bay Aquarium has released a young great white shark that has spent the past five months in captivity.

Aquarium staff released the male shark from a boat in Monterey Bay Tuesday morning after fitting the predator with electronic tags that will track and collect data on its travels over the next several months.

It was the third white shark that the aquarium had exhibited and released in four years.

Since it arrived in late August, the shark had grown from 4 foot, 9 inches to 5-foot, 10 inches long. During that time, it more than doubled its weight from 67 pounds to 140 pounds.

More than 650,000 aquarium visitors saw the shark during its 152 days on exhibit in Monterey.


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