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Great white shark

Young great white shark

There she is, the fifth young great white shark to go on exhibit at the Monterey Bay Aquarium. Here's the info from the press release:

The young shark, a five-foot, three-inch female weighing 79.8 pounds, was brought north on Wednesday in a 3,000-gallon mobile life support transport vehicle. She was collected August 12 by aquarium staff with the help of a spotter plane and a commercial fishing crew using a purse seine net. She was quickly transferred to a 4-million-gallon ocean holding pen off Malibu, where she remained for almost two weeks. Aquarium staff observed her swimming comfortably and feeding in the pen nearly a dozen times before she was brought to Monterey and placed in the million-gallon Outer Bay exhibit.

We didn't get our usual front-row seat of the mobile shark tank this year as, at the request of some local businesses, it was relocated a mile offshore near Corral Canyon.

Pete Thomas at the Times has a blog post.

You can watch for the great white in the live webcam here, and you can check out the routes previous sharks took when released from the tank on this site, here.

A great piece by Pete Thomas, about the shark's journey, is here.

PHOTO: ©Monterey Bay Aquarium/Randy Wilder

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