Celebrate Shark Week August 2 - 8

June 24, 2009

The Oregon Coast Aquarium and the Discovery Channel will celebrate Shark Week August 2 – August 8 with a variety of events highlighting the fascinating world of sharks.

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

During Shark Week, the Discovery Channel will offer a week-long series of feature television programs dedicated to facts on 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. Through habitat destruction and overfishing, humans have become more dangerous to sharks than they are to us. 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.

Shark Week Highlights:

  • A free raffle for an Aquarium gift basket full of shark items
  • Shark books, DVD’s and educational toys available in the Aquarium Gift Shop
  • Children’s shark craft
  • Dive Presentations in the shark tank
  • Fascinating shark bio facts
  • Shark video in the theater
  • Shark dissections and talks
  • The opportunity to adopt a shark
  • Face Painting Sunday, August 2 and Saturday, Aug 8

Shark Week Schedule:

Sunday, August 2
10 am – 5 pm – Gleason Room – Shark Stations – Investigate the world of the shark. Feel real shark skin and touch shark teeth. Take home a shark craft.
11 - 11:15 am – Gleason Room - Dive Interpretive Presentation Open Sea.
11 am - 2:30 pm – Gleason Room – Face Painting
1 - 1:15 pm – Gleason Room – Dive Interpretive Presentation Open Sea.

Monday, August 3
11 - 11:15 am – Gleason Room – Dive Interpretive Presentation Open Sea.
1 - 1:15 pm – Gleason Room – Dive Interpretive Presentation Open Sea.

Tuesday, August 4
Aquarium Theater - Shark video – all day
11 - 11:15 am – Gleason Room – Dive Interpretive Presentation Open Sea.
1 - 1:15 pm – Gleason Room – Dive Interpretive Presentation Open Sea.

Wednesday, August 5
10 am - 5 pm – Gleason Room – Shark Station – Investigate the world of the shark. Feel real shark skin and touch shark teeth. Take home a shark craft.
2 - 2:45 pm – Entrance Courtyard 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, August 6
10 am - 5 pm – Gleason Room – Shark Station. Investigate the world of the shark. Feel real shark skin and touch shark teeth. Take home a shark craft
11 -11:15 am – Gleason Room – Dive Interpretive Presentation Open Sea.
11:30 am - 12:15 pm – Theater – Presentation “Sharks – Myths and Misconceptions”
1 - 1:15 pm – Gleason Room – Dive Interpretive Presentation Open Sea.

Friday, August 7
10 am - 5 pm – Gleason Room – Shark Station – Investigate the world of the shark. Feel real shark skin and touch shark teeth. Take home a shark craft.
2 - 2:45 pm – Entrance Courtyard 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 8
10 am - 5:00 pm – Gleason Room – Shark Station – Investigate the world of the shark. Feel real shark skin and touch shark teeth. Take home a shark craft.
11 am - 2:30 pm – Gleason Room – Face Painting.
11 - 11:15 am – Gleason Room – Dive Interpretive Presentation Open Sea.
11:45 am - Noon – Gleason Room – Dive Interpretive Presentation Open Sea.
1 - 1:15 pm – Gleason Room – Dive Interpretive Presentation Open Sea.
1:45 - 2:00 pm – Gleason Room – Dive Interpretive Presentation Open Sea.

Raffle for gift basket of shark items (winner to be announced at the end of the week)

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