Shark and Ray Awareness Day

Join us on July 14 for Shark and Ray Awareness Day! Visit aquariums across the country and learn about the work AZA-accredited aquariums and zoos are doing through AZA SAFE: Saving Animals From Extinction to save rays and sharks.

Take a look at our schedule below and watch on AZA's Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/ZoosAquariums/.

9:00 AM EST    
New York Aquarium

Shark biologist Hans Walters from the New York Aquarium will take viewers into Ocean Wonders: Sharks! to learn about biologically diverse marine ecosystems and how WCS scientists are working to save species locally in New York waters and in oceans around the world.

9:15 AM EST    
Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium

Join Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium’s Director of the Center for Shark Research as he takes you on a journey of shark research and conservation efforts, from the time of Dr. Eugenie Clark to now and into the future. See Mote Aquarium’s shark and ray residents and historical and current clips from the field along the way!

2:00 PM EST    
John G. Shedd Aquarium

Steve Kessel and Heather Urbaniak from Shedd Aquarium will take you on a shark and ray focused tour of the Shedd Aquarium, both in front and behind the scenes. Learn what kind of sharks and rays live at Shedd, how we care for them, and what we do to help conserve them in the wild. 

2:15 PM EST    
Georgia Aquarium

Explore Georgia Aquarium’s shark and ray immersion pool with Kelly Link to learn about zebra sharks and ribbontail rays. Then, hop in for a dive in the new Sharks! Predators of the Deep exhibit to see incredible shark species, like great hammerheads, up close!

6:00 PM EST    
Aquarium of the Pacific

Meet Fern, a zebra shark, during an up close encounter at Shark Lagoon. Later, dive into the main exhibit at Shark Lagoon to get a closer look at the tropical sharks and rays living here at the Aquarium of the Pacific. 

6:15 PM EST    
Seattle Aquarium

One of the most common sharks on earth is also one of the most underappreciated. Spiny dogfish have cool biology and are evidence that shark populations can recover with strong, science-based fisheries management. Learning about the diverse world of sharks and rays at the Seattle Aquarium is not only fun, it strengthens our conservation resolve.


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