Exploring the misunderstood
Sharks! Are you terrified by their size, awed by their teeth, or just simply fascinated with their physical structure?! Each fall, White Sharks return to the Marin Shoreline and the Gulf of Farallones after a long, epic voyage. The month of October is known as “Sharktober” in the Bay Area. This is the celebration of the return of these incredible, but often misunderstood predators.
Did you know the whale shark is the biggest at 39 ft?! Although most people think of sharks as large animals only 10 of 465 species of sharks regularly reach a length of over 13 feet! How fantastic is that?! As a newcomer to the Bay Area, Sharktober is an event I’m really looking forward to exploring, so grab your whole family and explore the misunderstood!
Dive into Family Science!
At the Academy Here’s a shark, there’s a shark, every where’s a shark! Discover more about these underwater beauties in the following ways:
- Get up close and personal with shark specimens on Saturdays in our Naturalist Center.
- Our littlest visitors can join the Animal Tales story time and activities on Saturday October 8th and 15th in the Cove.
- Bring your crafty skills to participate in the Family Nature Crafts Program every Sunday to create your very own shark pendant and more!
- Talk with a biologist about our reef sharks on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 1:30pm.
At Home Explore the science of sharks and their conservation at home by trying out any of the following:
- This fun game uses commonly found kitchen items to explore how fishing affects sharks.
- The Seafood Watch Program helps families choose fish to eat that are caught sustainably.
- Make shark lawn ornaments! Not only are they amusing, they can convey important messages too.
- Science Story Adventures are a fun way to explore books together, and perhaps to create your own shark stories too!
Outdoors in the Bay Want to explore sharks in their home environments? If so, take a trip to any of these awesome places:
- The Point Reyes Estero Trail is a family friendly 2 mile hike that goes through leopard shark habitat.
- Don Edwards SF Bay National Wildlife Refuge is offering free guided walks and much more.
- Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary will be conducting shark dissections.
On the Web Get your shark fix by taking the time to explore these amazing shark videos and web cams!
- John McCosker, one of the Academy’s Science Heroes, explains how he got into studying white sharks.
- Try to glimpse a white shark, or other local critters in the wild using this Farallones Island Web Cam.
- Spy in on a Blacktip reef shark using our Shark Lagoon Cam where you can take a snapshot of your view and share it on Flickr!