Sharks Take the Spotlight this Memorial Day Weekend

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Memorial Day Weekend is the unofficial start of summer.  And summer means school’s out, sunshine, shore weekends and, of course, SHARKS.

This holiday weekend, we’re putting everyone’s favorite apex predator center stage during our first-ever Shark Awareness Weekend, Saturday, May 27 through Monday, May 29.

Shark Awareness Weekend, included with admission, will focus on shark medical care, behaviors and the various species of sharks – all while raising money for sharks in the wild.

All donations collected during the weekend’s festivities will benefit OCEARCH.  The non-profit organization founded in 2009 is a recognized world leader in collecting research and data to track and conduct biological studies of marine species, such as great white and tiger sharks. Their team goes on expeditions and tags sharks in the wild. They are then able to track each shark’s movement through the ocean. OCEARCH also works to help educate and conduct conservation outreach.

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As guests get closer to sharks all weekend-long, members of the military, along with their families, can also take advantage of a special discounted ticket offer.

What’s Planned for Shark Awareness Weekend?

Spotlight on May’s #AAQFeaturedCreature: SHARKS – Get to know the largest collection of sharks on the East Coast all weekend-long.  Ask biologists all your shark-centric questions and try to decide which species is your favorite.

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Behind the Scenes Shark Video – Sharks get doctor’s check-ups? Want to learn more about sharks in the wild? Take a look at how AAQ cares for its sharks and how OCEARCH keeps track of sharks in the wild. Location: Ocean Realm Panoramic Window (Zone A)

Shark Egg and Epaulette Display – Some sharks lay eggs. Wonder what a shark egg looks like? Take a dive into various shark displays.  Location: Ocean Realm Panoramic Window (Zone A)


We’re Talking Sharks All Weekend – There is so much to learn about sharks – especially the largest collection of sharks on the East Coast. Learn all about their diet, teeth, lifespan and more! Guests are encouraged to check their show guide for times. Location: Shark Tunnel (Zone D)

Sharks: Fact or Fiction – Guests can visit the Shark Fact or Fiction table to receive info and then guess if it is a shark fact or shark fiction. Get it right and take home a shark-tastic temporary tattoo! Location: Blue Mile (Zone B)

*SOLD OUT* Shark & Ray In-Water Encounter for just $99 per person! Snorkel in Shark Realm alongside dozens of sharks. Space is limited, while supplies last. Location: Shark Shack (Zone D)


Spin and Win! – Donate $3 to OCEARCH and spin the wheel to win a custom I LOVE SHARKS mug, or other shark prizes! Location: Ocean Realm Panoramic Window (Zone A)

Adoptable Sharks – Well, sort of…guests can adopt a shark during their visit.  Receive a special adoption certificate, a shark plush and more! Proceeds benefit shark care and OCEARCH.  Location: The Gift Shop (Zone D)

Can’t wait to sea you this weekend!

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