Great white shark caught off Marina del Ray has a new home in Monterey Bay Aquarium

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Great white shark caught off MDR has a new home

From wire service reports

Posted: 09/01/2011 01:51:12 PM PDT
Updated: 09/01/2011 01:52:17 PM PDT

A great white shark that was captured in Marina del Rey has a new home today at the Monterey Bay Aquarium.

The young shark was caught Aug. 18 by aquarium staff with the help of a commercial fishing crew as part of an aquarium program with Cal State Long Beach to tag young sharks to track their movements. The shark is 4 feet long and weighs 43.2 pounds.

According to aquarium officials, the shark was taken to a 4 million- gallon ocean holding pen off Malibu, where he stayed for about two weeks. He was transferred to the aquarium Wednesday in a 3,200-gallon land-transport vehicle, and is now swimming in a 1 million-gallon Open Sea exhibit.

The shark is the sixth great white to be displayed at the aquarium since 2004. Aquarium officials said they hope the shark will remain on display for several months as part of an effort to teach people more about the “much- maligned” species.

Aquarium spokesman Ken Peterson said the length of time the shark will spend at the facility will depend on how well he behaves and feeds in the exhibit. He will eventually be tagged and released back into the ocean.

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