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Newport Aquarium kicks off Shark Summer Friday, as new sand tiger sharks make their first appearance

(Photo from Newport Aquarium)

Newport Aquarium is bringing back their popular Shark Summer event with opening weekend kicking off today.

From May 26 to September 10, visitors will experience dozens of these fascinating apex predators while learning about the important role they play in healthy ocean ecosystems. The experience includes new sharks and a millions of years old megalodon shark tooth visitors can touch.

(Photo from Newport Aquarium)

This year marks the new sand tiger sharks’ first Shark Summer. Measuring up between 6 and 7 feet long, these giant animals are easily identified by their gaping mouths full of sharp teeth. You may even catch a diver swimming with the sharks as they care for their habitats. Watch for the new sharks circling below as you cross Shark Bridge, a rope bridge suspended over the 385,000-gallon shark tank.

There’s perhaps no more intriguing part of a shark than their powerful jaws. Visitors will learn about the four kinds – biters, shakers, crushers and grazers. Each type of jaws serves animals that hunt in very different ways. Shakers, like the great white, thrash their head from side to side while their sharp teeth cut through the shark’s meal. Visitors during Shark Summer will have the special experience of touching a millions of years old megalodon shark tooth. These shakers were the biggest sharks in history measuring up at 60 feet long – three times longer than a great white!

“We’re always looking for fun ways to help our guests build a deeper connection with animals” said Rebecca Foster, Newport Aquarium’s Executive Director. “Through all the fun and adventure of Shark Summer, guests are making connections with sharks that will lead to a greater understanding and grow their desire to protect these misunderstood creatures.”

Other Shark Summer experiences include the opportunity to touch real sharks and visit the Shark Nursery featuring several types of shark eggs. The aquarium offers savings with advance ticket purchase online. The sooner tickets are purchased, the greater the savings. For more information on Shark Summer and tickets, visit NewportAquarium.com.

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One Comment

  1. Steve Last says:

    Sounds like an exciting and educational event!

    The chance to learn about and interact with these majestic sea creatures up close is a truly unique experience.

    I find the idea of learning about the different kinds of shark jaws and being able to touch a megalodon tooth particularly intriguing.

    It’s wonderful to see the aquarium using fun and interactive methods to foster a better understanding and appreciation for sharks. Can’t wait to visit and meet the new sand tiger sharks!

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