Shark and Ray Awareness Day

Join AZA SAFE Shark and Ray on July 14 for an all-day live stream featuring interviews and segments from AZA SAFE partners! Take a look at our schedule below. 

To access the live stream on YouTube, visit on July 14. 

11:00 AM EST    
North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher
Hap Fatzinger (Aquarium Director) and Madeline Marens (Aquarist/Researcher)

Sand Tigers and Shipwrecks: Acoustic tagging and citizen science linking sand tiger sharks and shipwreck habitats, revealing more about these sharks’ lives than we ever expected. 

12:00 PM EST    
Jenny Bortoluzzi, PhD candidate, Trinity College Dublin and Dr Enie Hensel, Friends of North Carolina Museum of Natural History

The Power of Predators: Dr. Enie Hensel will discuss how predators influence ecosystems through eating, 'scaring', and peeing...but are also vulnerable to habitat change and fisheries. 

1:00 PM EST    
Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium
Dr. Robert Hueter (Director of Mote’s Center for Shark Research), Kim Bassos-Hull, (Senior Biologist), and Valerie Hagan (Staff Biologist). Hosted by Ross Johnston, Virtual Learning Education Specialist.

From the Sunshine State to the Great White North: Exploring the lives of sharks and rays around the world through tagging and collaborative research.

2:00 PM EST    
Mississippi Aquarium, The Seas at Epcot, South Carolina Aquarium, SeaWorld
Drs. Alexa Delaune (VP of Veterinary Services, Mississippi Aquarium), Natalie Mylniczenko (Staff Veterinarian, The Walt Disney Company), Shane Boylan (Chief Veterinarian, South Carolina Aquarium), and Tres Clarke (Senior Staff Veterinarian, SeaWorld)

Shark Doctors!: Veterinarians will describe how they care for sharks and rays and discuss some of their favorite medical cases.

3:00 PM EST    
Florida Aquarium
Eric Hovland (Associate Curator)

Too Shy? Sharks, Eye to Eye: Learn about the Florida Aquarium’s groundbreaking Dive with Sharks program, an innovative way to meet sharks on their level in a safe and positive environment.

4:00 PM EST    
Jenkinson’s Aquarium
Taylor Hartl (Aquarist/H2O Quality Supervisor) and Jennifer Lengares Meyer (Conservation Educator/Dive Safety Delegate)

Promoting Conservation through Public Involvement in Policy: How can we demystify lawmaking and streamline a path for our guests to be heard by their government representatives about the conservation of sharks and rays?

5:00 PM EST    
Conciencia Azul (Spanish Language)
Melissa Marquez, PhD Candidate, Curtin University and guest

Tiburones diversos, científicos diversos: Diverse sharks, diverse scientistsDescription: Join ConCiencia Azul host Melissa Marquez and a guest as they discuss sharks, their conservation, and why we aren't hearing much about the shark science being carried out in Latinx countries - in Spanish! 

Tiburones diversos, científicos diversos: Escuchen a la presentadora del podcast ConCiencia Azul, Melissa Márquez, y a un invitado mientras hablan sobre los tiburones, su conservación y por qué no escuchamos mucho sobre la ciencia de los tiburones que se está pasando en los países de Latinx... ¡todo en español! 

6:00 PM EST    
Seattle Aquarium
Jim Wharton (Director of Conservation Engagement & Learning), Erin Meyer (Director of Conservation Programs & Partnerships), and Grant Abel (Director of Life Sciences) 

Zebra Shark (Stegostoma tigrinum) Augmentation and Recovery (StAR) Project: A multi-national collaborative initiative to re-establish a breeding population of zebra sharks in Southeast Asia through the world’s first conservation translocation of endangered sharks bred in human care.

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