It’s all about sharks in the media these days and now it’s also all about sharks at the National Aquarium in Baltimore and the Calvert Marine Museum!
This week, the National Aquarium is partnering with the Discovery Channel for Shark Week. Throughout the week of July 6, the aquarium is hosting a variety of events and activities to help educate and raise awareness about the ocean’s shark populations.
Meanwhile, the Calvert Marine Museum is holding it’s annual SHARKFEST Saturday, July 11 with plenty of hands-on opportunities to help visitors learn more about these fascinating creatures.
“The infatuation with sharks has grown exponentially over the years, and with it, so have the many myths,” said Holly Bourbon, Curator of Fishes at National Aquarium. “Shark Week is the perfect opportunity for us to debunk some of those myths and shed light on the beauty and truth behind these amazing animals.”
Aquarium Shark Week activities
- July 6-8 – Daily diver chats at 3:20 p.m. led by members of the Aquarium’s biological programs and education teams. Experts will answer questions from Blacktip Reef Shark Cam viewers and aquarium guests. The public is encouraged to submit their questions in advance on Twitter using #SharkDiverChat.
- July 7, 11 a.m. – First-ever Facebook Q&A on sharks. The Q&A will bring together in-house shark experts and others from partner organizations including Ocearch.
- July 8 – The Discovery Channel will be live-streaming the National Aquarium’s Blacktip Reef shark feeding via Meerkat at 9 a.m.
- July 9 – Shark researcher Chris Fischer will give a lecture entitled “Tracking Great White Sharks: Inspired Boy Becomes Global Explorer.” Fischer, a well-known personality in outdoor television and conservation circles who’s show “Offshore Adventures” was America’s most watched outdoor television show during its 180-episode run on ESPN, will discuss what inspired him to help great white sharks and other apex ocean predators.
- Shark enthusiasts can also test their shark knowledge throughout the week with an interactive quiz hosted live on the Aquarium’s website.
Click here or more information about the National Aquarium’s Shark Week activities. Regular Aquarium admission fees apply for all on-site activities. For ticket information, visit http://aqua.org/tickets.
Photo courtesy of the National Aquarium in Baltimore
Calvert Marine Museum SHARKFEST activities
There will be plenty of shark themed fun at Calvert Marine Museum Saturday including:
- Live sharks featured in the Corbin pavilion.
- Hands-on opportunities to explore the diversity of sharks and their history.
- Learn facinating ‘sharktoids.’
- Examine the evidence of prehistoric sharks.
- Paint a shark mural
- Make a shark craft.
- Play the Shark Game Show.
- Take pictures in the life-size jaws of a Megalodon shark.
- Live performances by children’s rock band Rocknoseros at 11 a.m. And 2 p.m.
Museum admission is $9, adults; $7, seniors; $4, children 5-12 and free for children younger than 5. Strollers will not be permitted in the museum for the event. For details visit the Calvert Marine Museum website.