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Having Breakfast with Sharks on Oregon Coast
(Newport, Oregon) - The Oregon Coast Aquarium, Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) and the Discovery Channel will celebrate the twenty first annual Shark Week July 27 - August 2 with a variety of events highlighting the fascinating world of sharks. "Breakfast with the Sharks" will kick off Shark Week, allowing visitors to enter the Aquarium before it opens to the public and enjoy an elegant breakfast buffet while learning more about sharks.
"Breakfast with the Sharks" takes place Sunday, July 27 from 8 to 9:30 am in the Gleason Event Room in front of the private viewing window of the Sharks in the Passages of the Deep exhibit. As visitors dine, they will see how the sharks are fed their breakfast by husbandry staff while an Aquarium biologist gives a talk about their diet, behaviors and physiology. Reservations are required by calling (541) 867-3474 ext. 2313.
Shark Week spotlights sharks as important members of their ocean habitats, unlike the man-eating monsters portrayed in the movies. Visitors will meet sharks of Oregon’s wild coast in the weeklong glimpse into the world of sharks.
Sharks and their ancestors have presided over the seas for nearly 400 million years, but in the wild today, shark populations are suffering from human activity. Sharks have been depicted as man-eaters and killers for centuries. The reality is that of the more than 350 species, only a handful pose any threat to humans. Through habitat destruction and overfishing, humans have become more dangerous to sharks than they are to us. Sharks live in oceans around the globe - from warm shallows to the cold, deep sea and even fresh water lakes. All of the sharks exhibited at the Oregon Coast Aquarium are species native to Oregon’s coastal waters.
Shark Week Activities:
- Shark Week kicks off with "Breakfast with the Sharks"
Sunday, July 27, 8 - 9:30 a.m.
Oregon Coast Aquarium. 2820 SE Ferry Slip Rd. Newport, Oregon. 541.867.3474. www.aquarium.org.
Also at Oregon Coast Aquarium for the Summer
July 10 – 12. Youth Adventure Travel Camp. Ages 12-15. 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. (10th), 9 a.m. – Midnight (11th), Midnight – 9 a.m. (12th) $135 non-members, $115 members. This action-packed camp has the best the Pacific Coast has to offer. Have you ever been shrimp-slurping? Have you ever been kayaking up an estuary? Here’s your chance, along with tidepooling, exploring behind-the-scenes at the aquarium, sleeping with the sharks, and more. Kayak trip and an aquarium sleepover are included in price. Please register in advance by calling 541-867-3474 Ext. 5301.
July 11. Sea Squirts: Wonderful Walkers. Have you ever tip toed through a tidepool or danced like a Sea Lion before? Here’s your chance. Investigate the different ways sea creatures walk around in and out of the water. You’ll find out how to do the Seal Shimmy and side step like a crab as everyone discovers the incredible ways some sea creatures get around. Ages 2 & 3 year olds and their parents. 10:30 am– 12:00pm $15 members, $20 nonmembers (per adult/child pair). Please register in advance by calling 541-867-3474 Ext. 5301.
July 11. Sea Otter Encounter. Learn about the sea otter’s many adaptations and the challenges these adaptations pose for their caretakers. Prepare icy sea otter treats and meet a mammalogist to learn about animal care and feeding as you watch sea otters up close. Please make reservations in advance by calling 541-867-3474 Ext. 2313. Ages 2 & 3 year olds and their parents. 12:30-1:30 p.m. $30 members, $35 nonmembers.
July 11. Youth Sleepover. Participants will have the aquarium to themselves while they enjoy a pizza dinner, go on a scavenger hunt, and learn the ancient art of gyotaku. Then, after a late evening snack, drift off to sleep as you count sharks swimming over your head… Wake up to muffins and juice, then go behind-the-scenes to see what’s involved in caring for the animals at the Aquarium. Please register in advance by calling 541-867-3474 Ext. 5301. Ages 11-15. 6 p.m. - 9 a.m. $55 nonmembers, $45 members.
July 12. Sea Lion Encounter. Have you ever wondered what it is like to be kissed by a sea lion? Come find out in this special behind-the-scenes program, where you visit with husbandry staff and find out first hand what it is like to care for the sea lions. Tour includes a photo of your kiss. Please register in advance by calling 541-867-3474 Ext. 2313. Ages 8 and up. 10 a.m. – 11 a.m. $40 members, $45 nonmembers.
July 14 –17. Aqua Rangers Camp, Part I. Ages 6 & 7. Go on an underwater adventure through the forest beneath the sea. Dive right into where tide pool animals make their homes and learn all about how they catch food, find friends and even play hide and seek. You’ll use arts and craft projects and musical activities to guide us through our journey. Includes a wildlife-watching boat trip with Marine Discovery Tours. Please register in advance by calling 541-867-3474 Ext. 5301. 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. After-Care offered 3 p.m. –5 p.m. $135 nonmembers, $115 members $15/day or $50/wk for aftercare.