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Sharks on TV and Jellyfish Jubilee at Oregon Coast Aquarium
(Newport, Oregon) - Sharks are in the spotlight starting this month in some interesting ways at Newport’s Oregon Coast Aquarium, just as tickets go on sale for the September 27 event called Jellyfish Jubilee; a Celebration of Food and Wine, which benefits the Aquarium’s exhibits and education programs.
The Oregon Coast Aquarium and the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) 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 a.m. 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. Cost for non members, $25 members, $20. 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. 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. Visitors will meet the sharks from Oregon ’s wild coast in the weeklong glimpse into the world of sharks.
KGW Northwest Newschannel 8 TV in Portland installed a 'Shark Cam' feed live on the KGW.com web site in time for Shark Week. Viewers will be able to watch the Oregon Coast Aquarium’s sharks live at www.kgw.com/sharkcam/?nvid=226982&live=yes. The site also offers a guide to the inhabitants of Ocean Sea, the habitat where sharks reside, in the Aquarium’s Passages of the Deep exhibit.
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. Through habitat destruction and overfishing, humans have become more dangerous to sharks than they are to us. 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.
Shark Week Activities:
Shark Week kicks off with "Breakfast with the Sharks" Sunday, July 27, 8 - 9:30 a.m.
Free giveaways; books about sharks and trading cards. Shark books, DVD’s and educational toys available in the Aquarium Gift Shop. Children’s shark craft. Fascinating shark bio facts. Shark dissections and talks. The opportunity to adopt a shark. Face Painting Sunday, July 27 and Saturday, Aug 2.
Tickets went on sale to the public July 1 for the Oregon Coast Aquarium’s Jellyfish Jubilee; a Celebration of Food and Wine, benefiting the Aquarium’s exhibits and education programs. The event is slated to become an annual affair, offering an evening of Northwest cuisine, wines, a silent auction and live music September 27, 2008 from 6 to 10 p.m.
“We will host some of the area’s top chefs, and the Aquarium will come alive with the aromas, tastes and sounds of exceptional food, wines and music,” said Dave Shafer, board member and Jellyfish Jubilee Committee chair. Shafer said the Aquarium has always hosted fundraisers for many other non-profits and community organizations and decided it was time to duplicate those successes to benefit its own programs, which rely upon admission revenues, grants and donations.
Shafer encouraged people to make reservations early. “We expect reservations to fill quickly for this fun, elegant evening of extraordinary food and wine!” Participating vendors so far include Bridges at The Embarcadero, The Bay House, Quimby’s, Noble Estate Winery, Emerson Vineyards, Sienna Ridge Estate, Vitis Ridge and Tsunami Chocolate.
“We’ll also have some exciting items up for bid in the silent auction,” said Shafer. Silent auction packages include a Bandon Dunes golf package for four; with overnight lodging and 8 rounds of golf, an Oregon surf package for two; with surfing lessons from George DeSoto, equipment from Ocean Pulse, lodging provided by Tyee Lodge and dinner for two at Local Ocean Seafood, two Timberline Lodge packages; dinner for two in the Cascade Dining Room, lodging for one night, breakfast and discounted lift tickets, items from the Heathman Hotel, Oregon Ballet Theatre and the Portland Art Museum.
Music will be provided by acoustic guitar duo from Salem, Waterfall, the local group, Cleanslate and headliner Highstrung!, a chamber youth string quartet based in Portland . Highstrung! consists of siblings Eric, Justin, David and Joshua Knopp, a dynamic group of young artists that have played hundreds of events. Highstrung! will perform chamber music in the lobby as guests enter the Jellyfish Jubilee. More information about the talented youths of Highstrung! can be found at www.highstrungstrings.com.
An exclusive pre-event from 6 to 7 pm will be limited to 200 people, offering first access to the culinary creations, special private wine tastings, animal encounters (including a sea lion kiss) and a dive presentation in the Aquarium exhibits. The main event will be from 7 to 10 pm and is limited to 300 people.
$125 per individual or $215 per couple for pre-event and main event
$90 per individual or $160 per couple for main event only
Members receive a 20 percent discount.
Non-members who become members may purchase tickets and receive the discount. Evening attire is recommended. To purchase tickets, call 541-867-3474 Ext 5203. For information about special catered packages and corporate sponsorships, call (541) 867-3474 ext. 5216.
Oregon Coast Aquarium. 2820 SE Ferry Slip Rd. Newport, Oregon. 541-867-3474. www.aquarium.org.