July 12, 2023
CAMDEN, N.J. (July 12, 2023) – It’s o-fish-al…Shark Summer is swimming back to Adventure Aquarium from July 17 through August 20! Guests visiting during the shark-filled festival will have the chance to learn about the oceans’ top apex predators, take a bite out of jaw-some activities, and see the Scuba Tooth Fairy (back by popular demand!) as they search for fallen shark teeth in the Aquarium’s 550,000-gallon Ocean Realm exhibit.
On average, sharks lose about 35,000 teeth in their lifetime, and as the proud home to the largest collection of sharks in the Northeast, Adventure Aquarium’s Scuba Tooth Fairy won’t be short on teeth to find. In addition to a critically endangered great hammerhead shark, the Aquarium is home to species including sandbar sharks (endangered), sand tiger sharks (critically endangered), Pacific blacktip reef sharks (vulnerable), nurse sharks (vulnerable), silky sharks (vulnerable), whitespotted bamboo sharks, brownbanded bamboo sharks, and epaulet sharks.
“The depiction of sharks in pop culture has given them a bad rap with the public, said Adventure Aquarium General Curator Nikki Grandinetti. “At Adventure Aquarium, our goal is to teach guests about sharks so that we can change their minds about these incredible creatures. A win for us is seeing an educational experience inspire someone who once feared sharks to revere them.”
Full details on Adventure Aquarium’s Shark Summer offerings can be found below:
SCUBA TOOTH FAIRY (INCLUDED WITH ADMISSION)
The Scuba Tooth Fairy is back! Guests can see the Scuba Tooth Fairy in Adventure Aquarium’s Ocean Realm exhibit, diving DAILY at 11:45 a.m., 12:45 p.m., and 2:45 p.m. During these magical appearances, the Scuba Tooth Fairy will sift through the sand in search of shark teeth of all shapes and sizes.
SHARK & RAY ENCOUNTER (PAID)
Put on a wetsuit and snorkel to test the water and get within inches of Adventure Aquarium’s collection of sandbar and sand tiger sharks. After meeting the shiver of sharks, guests can swim with and feed dozens of playful stingrays. Shark & Ray Encounters are available to purchase online only – BOOK HERE – and are limited to Fridays at 1 p.m. and Saturdays/Sundays at 10 a.m. OR 1 p.m. **Children must be 12 years or older to participate.
TOP OF SHARK REALM TOURS (PAID)
Get a behind-the-scenes aerial view of Adventure Aquarium’s Shark Realm exhibit, home to dozens of aquatic creatures, including sandbar and sand tiger sharks. Tours are available to purchase online only for $20 and include a commemorative photo – BOOK HERE. **Children must be at least two (2) years old to participate.
SHARK-TIVITIES (INCLUDED WITH ADMISSION)
Pick up a fun-filled Shark Activity sheet or get creative and color your own eco-friendly shark hat – all included with admission!
A LITTLE SOME-FIN EXTRA (INCLUDED WITH ADMISSION)
Adventure Aquarium will also offer other educational and entertaining shark experiences throughout Shark Summer! Chat with a Shark Expert to learn more about the ocean’s most misunderstood creatures, test your shark knowledge during a Shark-centric edition of the Walk the Plank game show, or catch shark-themed lights at the top of each hour in the Aquarium’s dazzling Rotunda.
Tickets for Shark Summer are available for purchase NOW at AdventureAquarium.com.
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Adventure Aquarium is home to more than 15,000 aquatic animals exhibited throughout two million gallons of water and offers unforgettable, once-in-a-lifetime experiences like up-close animal encounters, the largest collection of sharks in the Northeast, and the longest shark bridge in the world. Some of the Aquarium’s most unique residents include Anchor, the great hammerhead shark, a colony of endangered African penguins, and our Nile beauties Button and Genny – the only hippos in the world to be exhibited at an aquarium. As an accredited member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) for more than 30 years, Adventure Aquarium is held to the highest standards in animal care and exhibition. For more information or to plan your visit, go to AdventureAquarium.com.
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