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Seven Ways to Celebrate Shark Week, August 4-11

July 29, 2013

blacktip reef sharkEnjoy shark-themed activities and specimens all week long as the Academy honors the sleek, tough-skinned and threatened fish which fascinate us so.

1. Catch a shark and ray feeding at the Mangrove Lagoon on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 1:30. Or keep tabs on the animals 24/7 from anywhere through our new HD Shark Lagoon cam.

2. Visit the Naturalist Center and enjoy shark specimens, as well as shark-themed books, games, videos, and an exclusive pelagic thresher coloring sheet!

3. Parents, bring your youngsters ages five and under to Early Explorers Cove for a variety of age-appropriate shark activities and props including plush sharks, shark models, books, and games.

4. Take part in a “Shark & Seek” scavenger hunt. Can you find all six species of sharks swimming around the Academy?

5. Take a selfie with the mako shark in our Built for Speed exhibit. Be sure to share it on Instagram or Twitter and tag it with #MakoSharkSelfie.

6. Join the conversation on social media and share some shark love. Find us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

7. Learn about the importance of shark conservation from the perspective of John McCosker, Senior Scientist and Chair of the Department of Aquatic Biology:

Check out The Last Reef 3D

July 17, 2013


The Forum Theater is home to a stunning new 3D film that uses unprecedented 3D cinematography to immerse you in the teeming world of coral reefs.  The Last Reef: Cities Beneath the Sea explores our connection with these complex ecosystems, revealing habitats as diverse and colorful as any city on earth.

As one can see in the Academy’s own Philippine Coral Reef exhibit, the dynamics of reef life are not only scientifically and culturally important, but mesmerizing to observe.   Beautiful 3D imagery in The Last Reef reveals the behavior and relationships of countless ocean denizens—from well-known animals like dolphins, sharks, and stingrays, to lesser-known but equally fascinating residents like crocodile fish and delicate flatworms. Shot on location in Palau, Bahamas, Cancun, and French Polynesia, the film takes you to the heart of these cities beneath the sea and considers what would happen if one of these wonderlands were to become the last reef, a very real danger being faced today.

The Last Reef plays hourly starting at 11am in the Forum Theater through November 25, 2013.

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