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Sharktober programs start October 1, 2012

September 19, 2012

Sharktober is back by popular demand—complete with shark experts, real specimens, and a new “shark & seek” scavenger hunt. Join us as we spotlight a group of animals that ruled the ancient seas and still exist today.  Read on for a schedule of shark-themed programs from October 1-31, 2012, plus special activities for Member Appreciation Month.


Daily at 12:00 pm
Journey through the Academy and learn about the sharks, tortoises, and dinosaurs that first appeared millions of years ago. Meet by the pendulum in the east pavilion.


Join us for special presentations by renowned Academy scientists and special guests, with a month-long focus on sharks and their place in the web of life.  Takes place at Science in Action in the east pavilion; space is limited.

Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary
  • Dr. Rebecca Johnson, California Academy of Sciences
    Saturday, Oct. 6 & Nov. 3 at 12:30 pm
    Learn about life in the Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary including its active wildlife, diverse history, and ongoing research and protection efforts.
  • Dr. Dave Ebert, Moss Landing Marine Lab
    Saturday, Oct. 13 at 12:30 pm
    Dave and his research team recently discovered eight new shark species on a recent expedition to the southern Indian Ocean.
  • Dr. John McCosker, California Academy of Sciences
    Wednesday, Oct. 24 at 12:30 pm
    White sharks are a rare but unforgettable experience for any California surfer that has encountered one.   Join us for a special presentation from Dr. McCosker on the natural history of white sharks and their encounters with humans.
  • David McGuire, Sea Stewards
    Saturday, Oct. 27 at 12:30 pm
    Learn how David, Sea Stewards’ founder, uses his work as a marine biologist, ocean advocate, and filmmaker to study local shark populations and pursue shark conservation efforts.

Open Daily at the Naturalist Center
Explore the world of sharks through specimens, games, and puzzles, and then join us for one of our weekly Naturalist Center programs with a special focus on sharks:

Blacktip reef shark
  • Shark Specimen Spotlight
    Thursday, Oct. 4, 11, & 18
    at 11:30 am
  • Science Story Adventures
    (ages 4-8)

    Sunday, Oct. 7 & 21, at 2:30 pm
  • Naturalist Center Crafts
    Fridays from 11:00 am – 4:00 pm
  • Wild & Crafty (ages 3-5)
    Monday, Oct. 1 at 10:00 am: Make a shark craft from a paper plate
    Monday, Oct. 15 at 10:00 am: Create an open-mouthed shark from an envelope
    Monday, Oct. 29 at 10:00 am: Make a 3-D paper shark
  • Little Learners Lab (ages 3-5)
    Wednesday, Oct. 3 at 10:00 am: Learn about filter feeding in sharks.
    Wednesday, Oct. 31 at 10:00 am: Learn about a special sensory organ sharks have for feeling vibrations in the water.


Open Daily
The Early Explorers Cove will highlight sharks with a selection of specimens, books, puzzles and hands-on activities all month long and host shark-themed editions of Saturday Safari on Saturday, Oct. 6, 20, & 27 at 11:00 am (in African Hall).

October 4, 6:00-10:00 pm
Sharktoberfest returns to NightLife, celebrating two perennial favorites again this year: sharks and beer!  Taste your way through the beer garden in African Hall, featuring brews from local favorites like 21st Amendment Brewery, Almanac Beer Co., Anchor Brewing, Drake’s Brewing, Lagunitas Brewing Company, Pacific Brewing Laboratory, Speakeasy Ales & Lagers, and others.  Mingle amongst robot sharks and catch Capacitor performing an excerpt from Okeanos.  Hear about newly discovered shark species, shark tracking, and current research and conservation efforts from Academy research associates and shark experts Dave Ebert and David McGuire.  Plus, see specimens from the Academy’s research collections and library including jaws, shark tooth tools, and photos from 1980 of “Sandy,” the first white shark to survive in captivity. Music by Sleazemore of Lights Down Low fame. NightLife tickets are $12, $10 for Academy members.

Receive up to 4 free general admission tickets when you join or renew your Academy membership during the month of October.  Plus, don’t miss out on a suite of special shark-themed activities and offers just for Academy members, including shark feedings at the Lagoon, shark cookie decorating for the entire family, docent tours, and more.  Visit the Membership page for details.

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