“The same [biting] behavior, if not worse behavior, can be observed in captive sharks because they don’t have the ability to escape from people within their tank,” Schubert said. “I would be concerned about the potential of adverse interactions with the customers.”
George Burgess, director emeritus of the Florida Program for Shark Research at the Florida Museum of Natural History, also expressed concerns about the limited space these captive sharks will be given — especially since other fish and humans will be within their living space, too.
“Unless you can provide the same space they’d see in their normal world, you’re fundamentally penalizing the animal for its existence,” Burgess said. “Take a human being, confine them to one room the rest of their lives, and they wouldn’t be very happy. They’d live just fine, with food and everything, but the reality is they wouldn’t be a very happy person. It’s a comparison for these animals, who would be simply too big for the space they’re given.”