Innovative Virtual Reality Technology Could End Captivity for Sea Animals

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In this day and age, we should know that we don’t need to capture sharks or keep them in captivity – it’s cruel and wrong, and there are better ways to learn about animals. One company that’s pioneering ways to experience the wonders of the ocean without harming any animals is Curiscope. Its virtual reality interactive experience, aimed at educating the public about sharks, has just netted the company PETA’s Proggy Award!


The “Great White Shark” experience uses 360-degree virtual reality to put spectators in the awesome presence of computer-generated sharks in their natural habitat, swimming freely outside the confines of a cramped aquarium tank. Accompanied by an immersive soundtrack, the 90-second film even includes a cross-section view of a shark’s anatomy, offering viewers an inside look at her internal organs and powerful muscles – without harming any animals.

Aquaria and marine parks are part of a for-profit industry built on the suffering of intelligent, individual beings. Just last week, compassionate people around the world were disgusted and horrified by the actions of Japan’s Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium, which confined a great white shark – who had been taken from his natural home in the ocean – to an aquarium prison. He died after just three days in captivity.

Thankfully, innovative technology can provide kind people who are eager to see sharks up close and personal with the opportunity to do so, without subjecting any animal to a lifetime of deprivation in an aquarium. Curiscope’s groundbreaking use of virtual reality technology points to a future in which viewing sea animals is a far more educational, accessible and immersive experience than watching sad, frustrated captives in a glass box.

Try it for yourself:

  1. CGI Cardboard/360
  2. Facebook 360 video
  3. Gear VR via Milk VR and Vrideo app


  • frank hambling commented on January 30, 2016 at 11:55 am

    Would the people who enclose land or sea creatures for entertainment and profit, like to be taken from their homes and caged for the rest of their lives.

    • Lynn Elson commented on February 7, 2016 at 5:42 pm

      Nobody would, but some still pay to see them. I would like nothing better than all these poor suffering land and sea creatures to be released and go to sanctuaries where they would be cared for properly,

    • Linda Savage commented on May 4, 2016 at 9:37 pm

      No they wouldnt Frank & they would soon kick up if they could speak!

  • frank hambling commented on February 8, 2016 at 11:14 am

    Lynne Elson, I agree with you but usually it is only government intervention that stops these vile activities. We have to rely on there being enough caring M.P.’s and Ministers willing to act on natures behalf. We have to hope that the caring ones outnumber the ones who are just as greedy as the people who cage these creatures for profit.

  • alexis harman commented on August 13, 2016 at 1:50 am

    This is a really interesting idea. That would be awesome if 3d virtual reality could help end sea animal captivity and get still get a simulation of the animal.

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