Shark Conservation Week
You’re invited to dive into the world of sharks during Shark Conservation Week at the Aquarium from August 10-18. Visitors of all ages will learn about sharks from teeth to tail, as well as the impacts humans have on these marine predators. Most major activities will be offered on the opening weekend and include a book signing, bat ray dissection, children’s programs, mini art classes and presentations about various shark species, particularly highlighting the Great White Shark.
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 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. in the Gleason Event Room. Ruth will sign her children’s book Everything Sharks in the Shark Territory Gift Shop after each presentation.
“The Art of Sharks” with wildlife artist Michael Cole. Watch a live painting demonstration and chat with staff artist Michael Cole about the amazing Great White Shark and what it takes to be a nature illustrator. 12:00 p.m. and 3:00 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, Oregon Coast Community College Aquarium Science Program Director, recounts his adventures studying the Great White Shark through photos and videos! Presentations will be held at 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. in the Gleason Event Room.
“Dissection of a Blue Shark” with Chris Spaulding. Spaulding will guide guests through the dissection of a blue shark 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 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. at the entrance of Passages of the Deep.
Throughout the week, there will also be a variety of self-guided activities for you to enjoy, 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.