Goblin shark in captivity

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Goblin shark in captivity

Postby mmmccrthy3000 » Fri Apr 06, 2007 6:53 am UTC

Yowsa - goblin sharks are deep-sea critters that don't generally survive excursions to the surface, but Sea Life Tokyo apparently has one in a special tank that keeps it pressurized to 90 m. The shark doesn't seem too happy about it in the video, though.

http://www.tokyo-zoo.net/news/

http://www.tokyo-zoo.net/news/temp/2007_03/goblin_shark_2007_march.wmv

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Postby SpitValve » Fri Apr 06, 2007 9:13 am UTC

I wonder if the light from the camera is bothering it?

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Postby Salad Days » Fri Apr 06, 2007 10:11 am UTC

That poor shark looks so bored.

I feel really sorry for it.
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Postby A neutral shade of black. » Fri Apr 06, 2007 12:08 pm UTC

I'm a shaaaaaaaaark! I'm a shaaaaaaaaaaaaaark! S-

Alright, alright, I'll stop. :lol: Sorry. >.>

Silliness aside, that's quite cool. I hope they're able to keep it alive, this time. Would be a shame for it to die.
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Postby fjafjan » Fri Apr 06, 2007 1:07 pm UTC

I am always unsure about keeping animals in capitivity for no reason, in nature it might die, but also it would live. I also generally find Zoos immoral.
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Postby Belial » Fri Apr 06, 2007 1:38 pm UTC

People need to care about animals, and understand them. If they never *see* the animals, that's impossible.

Keeping a small sample in captivity is important.
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Postby mmmccrthy3000 » Fri Apr 06, 2007 2:37 pm UTC

*go go gadget soapbox!*

Fjafjan,

I'm a zookeeper, and while some places that call themselves zoos do not give their animals the care they deserve, for many animals zoos are a Noah's ark of sorts. For example, Panamanian golden frogs are expected to be gone in the wild in 5 years or less due to the rapid spread a deadly fungus that most scientists attribute to cooling temperatures in Panama (which, paradoxically, is likely due to global warming increasing the cloud cover over that region). Zoos across the US are working in concert to breed these guys with the eventual goal of releasing them back into the wild once the fungus has run its course.

Currently we don't have the technology/resources necessary to camp out underwater at great depths and observe animals in the wild for an extended length of time. Bringing them to us is a valid option, as long as it is done responsibly and with respect for the animal. Belial's point is true as well.

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Postby D. Wolfwood » Fri Apr 06, 2007 2:39 pm UTC

Im surprised by the lack of getting in the car.
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