Adventure Aquarium Swims into Shark Week with Rare New Species Added to Collection

Adventure Aquarium announced earlier today that two scalloped hammerheads, one male and one female, will now call the Ocean Realm exhibit their new home – just in time for Discovery Channel’s Shark Week.  With the new addition, the largest collection of sharks on the East Coast has grown even bigger.

This endangered species of sharks are approximately four and a half feet in length and join the great hammerhead on exhibit. The maximum size for these sharks is reported to be 14 feet, but on average they will grow to approximately 10 to 12 feet.  The creases in the cephalophoil (hammer) resemble that of a scallop, hence the name.  Scalloped hammerheads are known to form large schools, which is different from the great hammerhead, which tends to be more solitary. Their population decline is the result of overfishing and the demand for shark fins, often used to make shark fin soup.  Scalloped hammerheads are found off the coast of New Jersey and are found in warm temperate and tropical coastal waters.

“With the addition of our new scalloped hammerheads, shark lovers will truly get the ultimate shark experience at Adventure Aquarium,” said Melissa Kanaly, Director of Marketing and Sales at Adventure Aquarium. “Our guests will see an incredible collection of sharks, including the only great hammerhead on exhibit in the United States, but it doesn’t stop there.  We bring our visitors even closer to these amazing animals as they reach out and touch them at our Touch-A-Shark exhibit, surround themselves with sharks as they walk through the Shark Tunnel, dare to cross over sharks on Shark Bridge and even jump in the water with them during our Swim with the Sharks Adventure.  It must be said – no one does sharks better than Adventure Aquarium.”

In addition to the announcement of the newest members of the Aquarium family, shark “finatics” can look forward to Shark Week programming, taking place Sunday June 26 through Sunday, July 3, with special giveaways, behind the scenes tours, shark-themed trivia and more.

Weekdays during Shark Week, guests will have the opportunity to tour Shark Shack. The behind the scenes tour, featuring the entrance of the Aquarium’s Swim with the Sharks Adventure, takes visitors to the top of Shark Realm as they learn more about the dozens of sharks that live on exhibit as well as see Shark Bridge from a new perspective.  Shark Week-themed talks will also take place in Shark Realm as staff members offer insight and fun shark facts on these majestic and misunderstood creatures.  Guests can also test their knowledge at shark-themed trivia carts in various areas of the Aquarium with Shark Week giveaways.  On weekends during Shark Week, the Aquarium’s shark mascot, Gill, will host special shark dance parties throughout the day.


Adventure Aquarium is just minutes from downtown Philadelphia on the Camden Waterfront and features one-of-a-kind exhibits with more than 8,500 aquatic species throughout two million gallons of water.  The Aquarium is home to the largest collection of sharks on the East Coast, including the only Great Hammerhead shark on exhibit in the United States, the only aquarium in the world to exhibit hippos, one of only six facilities in the US to have Little Blue penguins as permanent residents and exhibits the longest Shark Bridge in the world, a unique V-shaped rope suspension bridge just inches over Shark Realm. Adventure Aquarium is an accredited member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), and is held to the absolute highest standards in animal care and exhibition. Open 365 days a year, from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  For more information, visit