(West Palm Beach, Fla.) If “Sharknado” still has your head spinning, trying to decipher what is real and what is fake, have no fear, as the South Florida Science Center and Aquarium is prepared to set you straight, during its annual Shark Preservation Week. Presented by the Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation, the week-long event starts on Saturday, August 9 and coincides with the always-popular Discover Channel Shark Week.
The JAWS-dropping excitement runs through Friday, August 15, with special shark-inspired crafts, activities and presentations. On-going activities include: touch tank demos and feedings, shark tooth labs, Science on a Sphere presentations on shark migration, edible ocean and shark hat crafts, shark conservation movies, promise-pact to preserve sharks. The Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation will show two films – This is Your Ocean: Sharks and Whale Sharks of the Yucatan, plus they will premiere the trailer from their newest film, Sharks of the World, and discuss the latest in shark research and conservation. Additionally, Professor Clark the Science Shark will be on-site for opening day, August 9, and special guest Hannah Medd, a local marine biologist working to effectively apply scientific research to the shark conservation message, will present and answer questions on Thursday, August 14. Additional vendors include: Rodger Dean Stadium, Jupiter Hammerheads and Shark Angels.
“We love the Discovery Channel’s Shark Week,” noted Science Center CEO Lew Crampton. “It is a great opportunity to bring awareness to shark preservation efforts, with the Science Center serving as a next step for continued education. Local guests and out-of-town visitors can come in to learn more about what they saw on TV – and they can learn with interactive demonstrations, such as the touch tank or Science on a Sphere. With the largest fresh and saltwater aquarium from Miami to Orlando and a full-time aquarium curator, we are perfectly positioned to serve as an on-going community resource and we are thrilled to have the support of the Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation this year.”
The South Florida Science Center and Aquarium, recently named the Chamber of Commerce of the Palm Beaches’ nonprofit of the year, features more than 50 hands-on educational exhibits, an 8,000 gallon fresh and salt water aquarium- featuring both local and exotic marine life, a digital planetarium, conservation research station, Florida exhibit hall and an interactive Everglades exhibit. The aquarium features more than 90 different varieties of fish – including some of Florida’s most beautiful native fish such as Queen Angels, Pink Wrasse, sharks and stingrays, a close cousin of sharks.
Shark Preservation Week is sponsored by the Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation and activities are included in Science Center admission. General admission to the South Florida Science Center and Aquarium is $14 for adults, $10.50 for children ages 3 to 12, and $12.50 for seniors over the age of 62. Children under 3 and SFSCA members are free. Admission also includes access to the Center’s current traveling exhibit Mazes. Winding its way over 9,000 square-feet, Mazes leads guests on an adventure through a series of interactive brain-teasers, 3-D puzzles and full body games.
Located at 4801 Dreher Trail North, West Palm Beach, the Science Center is open Monday – Friday from 9am-5pm, and on Saturday and Sunday from 10am-6pm. For more information, please call (561) 832-1988 or visit www.sfsciencecenter.org. Like the South Florida Science Center and Aquarium on Facebook and follow them on Twitter @SFScienceCenter.
About the Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation:
The Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation funds inspire scientific research and innovative educational programs to encourage conservation and best management practices for sustainable marine environments. The Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation will help ensure that future generation can enjoy and benefit from a naturally balance marine ecosystem where fish and other wildlife flourish.