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He Was Captured And Put In A Tank. 3 Days Later He's Dead.

Three days in a tank, and he's dead.

A great white shark was caught on Monday in waters just off a fishing village and plonked in a tank at Japan's Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium on Tuesday. He died just three days later.

After he was caught, the aquarium boasted that it had created the first exhibit of an adult great white shark in the world.

Actually, one of the longest stints a great white has spent in captivity is 198 days and the reason great whites aren't often held in captivity is because it's incredibly hard to take care of them.

The great white at the Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium refused to eat since his arrival on Tuesday. Keepers were trying to teach him to swim in the tank without crashing into the walls, according to The Wall Street Journal.

"We are going to announce termination of Great White Shark exhibition," the aquarium announced on its website. "We had displayed the shark in 'the Sea of dangerous sharks' tank from January 5, 2016 but, the shark's condition took a sudden turn worse and we confirmed it dead January 8."

While a spokesperson for the aquarium said that the cause of death is under investigation, animal lovers online are already pointing fingers.

"I was disgusted to see that you tried to exhibit a Great White Shark, and even worse that it died," one person wrote on Facebook. "The fact it had been traumatized by capture and wasn't eating should have been a sign to stop. Poor animal suffered and died so you can make a few Yen, disgraceful."

Another added: "How dare you keep a Great White in a tank - these are a protected species in most parts of the world and for what other reason than financial greed do you think you have the right to keep it prisoner!?"

Sharks face many threats to their survival, including demand for shark parts on the black and legal markets. The great white shark species is listed as vulnerable, making the pointless death of this individual at the Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium even more hard to accept.

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