Shark Conservation Week

Saturday, August 10, 2013
Saturday, 9:00am - Sunday, 5:00pm
Most activities are free with the price of regular admission. Check events individually for additional information or fees.

They are an ancient species with a lineage that extends back millions of years. They are perfectly adapted to their environment. They inspire fear and fascination. They are sharks.

But due to prejudice, habitat destruction, climate change and over-hunting, sharks are rapidly becoming one of the most imperiled creatures on Earth.  Every year, humans harvest millions of sharks from the world's oceans, sometimes for food or sport, often due to a misunderstanding or prejudice against the species. This year, join the Aquarium in the spirit of stewardship and help us raise awareness about the important role sharks play, both along the Oregon coast and throughout the world. 

Activities & Opportunities

Shark Conservation Week runs from Saturday, August 10 through Sunday, August 18 during the Aquarium's regular business hours. Major activities will be held on the opening weekend and include:

Saturday, August 10:

  • "Sharks: Fact or Fiction" with National Geographic author Ruth Musgrave. Learn the answers to the most intriguing shark tales and discover more about these fascinating creatures. Presentations will be held at 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. in the Gleason Events Room.  Ruth will sign her children's book Everything Sharks in the Shark Territory Gift Shop at 11:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.
  • "The Art of Sharks" with wildlife artist Michael Cole. Watch a live painting demonstration and chat with our staff artist Michael Cole about the amazing Great White Shark and what it takes to be a nature illustrator. 12:00 to 2:00 p.m. and 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. at the entrance of Passages of the Deep.

Sunday, August 11:

  • "The Flying Great White Sharks of South Africa" with Chris Spaulding. Spaulding, the Aquarium Science Program Director at the Oregon Coast Community College, recounts his adventures studying the Great White Shark through photos and videos! Presentations will be held at 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. in the Gleason Events Room. Chris will guide guests through the dissection of a Bat Ray, a species related to sharks, at 11:30 a.m. in the Passages of the Deep courtyard.
  • "How to Draw Sharks" with wildlife artist Ron Houchens. Learn from a local wildlife artist how to draw a shark. These mini art classes are fun for the whole family and include all necessary supplies. 12:00 to 2:00 p.m. and 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. at the entrance of Passages of the Deep.

Throughout the week, guests can enjoy a variety of self-guided activities, interpretive SCUBA dives with sharks, behind-the-scenes tours, crafts and educational opportunities that will help you become a "Shark Steward." Most events are free with the price of admission, but visitors should check our online calendar for additional details on fee-based programs held during the week.

Learn More About Sharks:

Check out these pages on our website and learn more about these shark species, some of which can be viewed at the Aquarium.


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