On August 20, a young white shark, 4 feet long and about 60 pounds, was accidentally caught (bycatch) by a commercial halibut gillnet and then brought to a four-million-gallon ocean pen. She was held in the pen for 25 days and feeding before she was brought to Monterey. She made the eight hour trip from Malibu to Monterey in a three-thousand-gallon mobile life support system.
During her first night at the aquarium, the white shark rapidly learned to navigate the million-gallon Outer Bay exhibit. During her next day on exhibit, the white shark dined on four wild-caught salmon fillets, the first time in history that any white shark has fed on exhibit.
The white shark was released back to the wild on March 31, 2005, after 198 days on exhibit. Having a white shark on exhibit allowed us to gather new data on the biology and behavior of young white sharksdata that will help in their management and conservation.