Aquarium Presents Shark Week July 29 August 4

July 10, 2007

Families are invited to enjoy Breakfast With the Sharks

The Oregon Coast Aquarium, Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) and the Discovery Channel will celebrate the twentieth anniversary of Shark Week July 29 – August 4 with a variety of events highlighting the fascinating world of sharks.

Visitors will meet the sharks, skates, and rays of Oregon’s wild coast in this fascinating week-long glimpse into the world of sharks. The Aquarium recently added five broadnose sevengill sharks to its collection in the Open Sea habitat of Passages of the Deep.

Breakfast with the Sharks - Join the Aquarium's new sharks in a feeding Frenzy! Breakfast with the Sharks will be offered July 29 and August 4 from 8:00 to 9:30 am and visitors can watch as the sharks are fed through the large acrylic window in Passages of the Deep. This unique opportunity allows families to enter the Aquarium before it opens and enjoy a delicious, hot breakfast while learning more about sharks. Breakfast with the Sharks is $25 for non members, $20 for members and includes admission. Children 3 and under are free. Space is limited and reservations required at 541-867-3474 ext. 5319.

  • Shark Week kicks off with Breakfast with the Sharks Sunday, July 29, 8:00-9:30am
  • Free giveaways; books about sharks, trading cards, shark “tattoos” and buttons
  • Shark books, DVD’s and educational toys available in the Aquarium Gift Shop
  • Children’s shark craft
  • Fascinating shark bio facts
  • Shark talks
  • Shark film by the Discovery Channel shown daily in the Aquarium Theater
  • The opportunity to adopt a shark
  • Breakfast with the Sharks Saturday, August 4, 8:00-9:30am

This year’s Shark Week is the 20th anniversary celebration of the annual event that teaches visitors that sharks are important members of their ocean habitats, unlike the man-eating monsters portrayed in the movies.

Sharks and their ancestors have presided over the seas for nearly 400 million years, but in the wild today, shark populations are suffering greatly from human activity. Sharks have been depicted as man-eaters and killers for centuries. The reality is, that of the more than 350 species, only a handful — pose any threat to humans. Through habitat destruction and overfishing, we've become more dangerous to sharks than they are to us. Sharks live in oceans around the globe—from warm shallows to the cold, deep sea and even fresh water lakes. All of the sharks exhibited at the Oregon Coast Aquarium are species native to Oregon’s coastal waters.