Fin Fest

Saturday, July 22 – Sunday, July 30, 10am – 5pm daily (last ticket sold at 4pm)
Included with regular Aquarium admission 

Join us in celebrating the important role sharks play in our aquatic ecosystems during Fin Fest!

Even before dinosaurs roamed the earth, sharks prowled its oceans. The myths, mystery and big budget movies focused on these 400-million-year-old apex predators from the deep fuel our imaginations, but there is much more to revere than to fear about these “jaw-some” creatures.  For example, did you know some sharks will cycle through as many as 35,000 teeth in their lifetimes? Or that a shark’s skin is covered by small, V-shaped scales called dermal denticles that help them speed through the water? Were you aware that stingrays and sharks are related? Or that a person is considerably more likely to die from an asteroid, a falling coconut, or tumbling out of bed than shark attack?

Fin Fest-goers will see five different species of shark at the Aquarium—brown banded bamboo, blacknose, Atlantic nurse, sandbar, and sand tiger. Guests are encouraged to ask all kinds of questions about shark behavior—from what they eat to how they sleep.  “We can and will try to give guests all kinds of facts about how amazing these animals are and how critical it is to protect and respect them, but it seems like nothing inspires reverence quite like the impact of seeing one,” says GM Tami Brown, noting that humans kill an alarming number of sharks annually—as many as 100 million. “Every day we hear children yell out excitedly at their first glimpse of a fin and we see open-mouthed adults transfixed as a shark glides by overhead. That’s the sort of appropriate sense of wonder an up-close shark sighting can command.”

Can’t get enough of the sharks? The Aquarium plans to offer an online Shark-Cam throughout Fin Fest. Guests will be able to watch cownose stingrays, goliath groupers, green moray eels, angelfish and, of course, sharks coast by the in-gallery camera. “It may not have the impact of seeing a shark in person, but it does give you a unique opportunity to be an underwater wildlife voyeur and indulge your natural curiosity.”

Fin Fest Schedule of Events (in addition to regularly scheduled events at the Aquarium and subject to change)

Saturdays & Sundays:
10am – 4pm – Shark Tooth ID, Prize Drawings, Shark Trivia, Stingray Touchpool Shark-Cam
10am – 4pm – Shark Crafts (July 22 – newspaper shark, July 23 – fin hat, July 29 – shark clothes clip, July 30 – your choice)
10am – 3pm – Shark Artifact Table (Learn about shark teeth, skin and more!)
11:15am – Diver Talk
1pm – Aquarist Shark Talk
1:15pm – Diver Talk
2 – 2:30pm – Appearances by Greater Cleveland Aquarium mascot, Finn
3pm – Stingray Feed
3:30pm – Shark Feed (Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday)

Monday – Friday:
10am – 4pm – Shark Tooth ID, Prize Drawings, Shark Trivia, Stingray Touchpool, Shark-Cam
10am – 3pm – Shark Crafts (July 24 – paper plate shark, July 25 – cupcake liner shark, July 26 – paper roll shark, July 27 – shark bookmark, July 28 – face painting)
10am – 3pm – Shark Artifact Table (Learn about shark teeth, skin and more!)
11am – Storytelling with Captain NEO in Shark Gallery
11:15am – Diver Talk
1pm – Aquarist Shark Talk
1:15pm – Diver Talk
2 – 2:30pm – Appearances by Greater Cleveland Aquarium mascot, Finn
3pm – Stingray Feed
3:30pm – Shark Feed (Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday)

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