Shark Tale

A great white shark breaks records at the Monterey Bay Aquarium in California.

Scuba divers cleaning this million-gallon tank wear a little something extra: chain mail. Why? Swimming close by—but not too close—is a great white shark nearly six and a half feet long. The shark made waves when she remained in captivity at the Monterey Bay Aquarium for 198 days, the longest ever for a great white. She came to her new home after fishermen accidentally caught her.

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Scientists at the aquarium used her visit to show that sharks should be protected, not feared. “Many species of sharks are threatened or endangered,” says marine biologist Randy Kochevar. In March the shark was released into the ocean. Now she’s back to catching her own meals instead of grabbing them off an eight-foot pole!

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