The National Aquarium is taking a bite out of Shark Week this year and partnering with the Discovery Channel to help educate and raise awareness about our ocean’s shark populations. Throughout the week of July 6, the National Aquarium will host a variety of events and activities for guests and shark enthusiasts to enjoy:
- From July 6-8, the National Aquarium will host daily diver chats at 3:20 p.m. led by members of the Aquarium’s biological programs and education teams. Experts will answer questions from Blacktip Reef Shark Cam viewers and Aquarium guests. The public is encouraged to submit their questions in advance on Twitter using #SharkDiverChat.
- At 11 a.m. on July 7, the Aquarium will host its first-ever Facebook Q&A on sharks. The Q&A will bring together in-house shark experts and others from partner organizations including Ocearch.
- On July 8, the Discovery Channel will be live-streaming the National Aquarium’s Blacktip Reef shark feeding via Meerkat at 9 a.m.
- On July 9, shark researcher Chris Fischer will give a lecture entitled “Tracking Great White Sharks: Inspired Boy Becomes Global Explorer” as part of the Aquarium’s Marjorie Lynn Banks Lecture Series. Fischer, a well-known personality in outdoor television and conservation circles who’s show “Offshore Adventures” won two Emmys and was America's most watched outdoor television show during its 180-episode run on ESPN, will discuss what inspired him to help great white sharks and other apex ocean predators.
- Shark enthusiasts can also test their shark knowledge throughout the week with an interactive quiz hosted live on the Aquarium’s website.
“The infatuation with sharks has grown exponentially over the years, and with it, so have the many myths,” said Holly Bourbon, Curator of Fishes at National Aquarium. “Shark Week is the perfect opportunity for us to debunk some of those myths and shed light on the beauty and truth behind these amazing animals.”