Shark Conservation Weekend

Saturday, August 09, 201410:00am - 5:00pm
Most programs are free with the price of regular admission. See daily schedule for additional details.

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.

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. Check back later for event details on this exciting weekend celebration of the shark!

Daily Schedule

SATURDAY, AUGUST 9

10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.: "The Art of Sharks" with wildlife artist Michael Cole. Aquarium artist Michael Cole will provide a shark painting demonstration and chat with guests about what it takes to be a nature illustrator. Free Sharks of Oregon posters will be available while supplies last during this event. Entrance to Passages of the Deep.

10:00 to 11:00 a.m.: Shark Shenanigans (great for ages 5 to 10). Learn all about sharks with one of our educators! We’ll do the Shark Shimmy and see just how big sharks can get when we meet Timmy the life sized great white shark! Sea and Me Theater.

12:00 to 12:30 p.m.: Shark dive presentation. OCAq SCUBA teams discuss diving with sharks and address shark conservation themes. Gleason Events Room at the end of  Passages of the Deep.

1:30 to 2:30 p.m.: "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! Gleason Events Room at the end of  Passages of the Deep.

6:00 p.m.: Shark Conservation Weekend Sleepover
begins. Click here for additional information on this overnight activity.

SUNDAY, AUGUST 10

10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.: "The Art of Sharks" with wildlife artist Michael Cole. Aquarium artist Michael Cole will provide a shark painting demonstration and chat with guests about what it takes to be a nature illustrator. Free Sharks of Oregon posters will be available while supplies last during this event. (Entrance to POD)

10:00 to 11:00 a.m.: Shark Shenanigans (great for ages 5 to 10). Learn all about sharks with one of our educators! We’ll do the Shark Shimmy and see just how big sharks can get when we meet Timmy the life sized great white shark! Sea and Me Theater.

1:30 to 2:30 p.m.: "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! Gleason Events Room at the end of  Passages of the Deep.

Additional Weekend Activities

  • Shark-related activities which promote imagination and play among younger visitors will be available in the Sea & Me exhibit.
  • Aquarium volunteers will help educate the public about shark biology and conservation issues using interactive iPad programs and will give out Great White Shark bookmarks while supplies last.
  • Sharpshooter will provide free commemorative photos of Oregon shark species throughout the weekend as part of their regular photo package.
  • Online activities will be available through the Aquarium’s Oceanscape Network web site for preteens and teenagers. Features will include articles, interviews, amazing videos and a fully illustrated downloadable guide to Oregon’s native shark species.

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.

Visit the Oceanscape Network for additional information on the Sharks of Oregon!



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