Great white shark dies after 3 days in Okinawan aquarium

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Baku, January 9, AZERTAC

A great white shark has died after barely three days in a rare case of captivity in a Japanese aquarium, according to Japan Today.

The 3.5 meter shark, which was accidentally caught in a net in southwestern Japan, died, according to Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium. The cause of death was under investigation.

Keeping a great white shark in captivity is extremely difficult as it needs to keep swimming constantly to get oxygen and maintain its body temperature.

An official for People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, or PETA, Asia, criticized keeping the shark in captivity as “cruel and wrong.”

“The cause of death is clear: captivity. The shark never had to die like this,” said Jason Baker, PETA’s vice president of international campaigns.

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