Breakfast With The Sharks To Kick Off Shark Week

June 10, 2008

Shark Week spotlights sharks as important members of the marine environment

The Oregon Coast Aquarium and Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) will celebrate the twenty first annual Shark Week July 27 – August 2 with a variety of events highlighting the fascinating world of sharks. “Breakfast with the Sharks” will kick off Shark Week, allowing visitors to enter the Aquarium before it opens to the public and enjoy an elegant breakfast buffet while learning more about sharks.

“Breakfast with the Sharks” takes place Sunday, July 27 from 8 to 9:30 am in the Gleason Event Room in front of the private viewing window of the Sharks in the Passages of the Deep exhibit. As visitors dine, they will see how the sharks are fed their breakfast by husbandry staff while an Aquarium biologist gives a talk about their diet, behaviors and physiology. Reservations are required by calling (541) 867-3474 ext. 2313.

Shark Week spotlights sharks as important members of their ocean habitats, unlike the man-eating monsters portrayed in the movies. Visitors will meet sharks of Oregon’s wild coast in the week-long glimpse into the world of sharks.

Sharks and their ancestors have presided over the seas for nearly 400 million years, but in the wild today, shark populations are suffering 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, humans have 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.

Shark Week Schedule of Events: Sunday, July 27 – Saturday, August 2, 2008

Sunday, July 27

  • 11:00am-2:30pm Gleason Room – Face Painting
  • 11:00am Theater/Classroom – The Cost of Shark Fin Soup – presentation by Michael Swindle, former Oregon Coast Aquarium Youth Volunteer
  • 2:00pm Theater/Classroom – The Cost of Shark Fin Soup – presentation by Michael Swindle, former Oregon Coast Aquarium Youth Volunteer
  • 10:00am-5:00pm Lobby - Shark Station - Investigate the world of the shark. Feel real shark skin and touch shark teeth. Take home a shark craft.

Wednesday, July 30

  • 10:00am-5:00pm Lobby - Shark Station - Investigate the world of the shark. Feel real shark skin and touch shark teeth. Take home a shark craft.
  • 2:00pm Entrance to Passages of the Deep - Shark Dissection - See one of nature’s coolest creatures from the inside out. Learn all about the anatomy of the shark during this hands-on dissection.

Thursday, July 31
10:00am-5:00pm Lobby - Shark Station - Investigate the world of the shark. Feel real shark skin and touch shark teeth. Take home a shark craft.

Friday, August 1

  • 10:00am-5:00pm Lobby - Shark Station - Investigate the world of the shark. Feel real shark skin and touch shark teeth. Take home a shark craft.
  • 2:00pm Entrance to Passages of the Deep - Shark Dissection - See one of nature’s coolest creatures from the inside out. Learn all about the anatomy of the shark during this hands-on dissection.

Saturday, August 2

  • 10:00am-5:00pm Lobby - Shark Station - Investigate the world of the shark. Feel real shark skin and touch shark teeth. Take home a shark craft.
  • 11:00am-2:30pm Gleason Room – Face Painting
  • 11:00am Theater/Classroom – The Cost of Shark Fin Soup – presentation by Michael Swindle, former Oregon Coast Aquarium Youth Volunteer
  • 2:00pm Theater/Classroom – The Cost of Shark Fin Soup – presentation by Michael Swindle, former Oregon Coast Aquarium Youth Volunteer

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