Media Release: Shark Week Coasts into the Greensboro Science Center

GREENSBORO, NC — The Greensboro Science Center (GSC) is celebrating the 30th anniversary of Discovery Channel’s Shark Week from Monday, July 23 – Saturday, July 28 with crafts, education stations and games from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. daily. In addition to ongoing activities, including coloring pages, temporary tattoos and photos with Finny (the GSC’s shark mascot), each day of the week will be themed around a unique educational opportunity. Daily themes are as follows:

Shark WeekMonday, July 23
Munch, Munch Monday
Learn what sharks like to eat and how they snag their snacks!

Tuesday, July 24
Toothful Tuesday
Test your shark smarts with a round of “Myth or Tooth” trivia!

Wednesday, July 25
Wonders Wednesday
Explore sharks’ super powers – like their ability to detect electricity!

Thursday, July 26
Thoughtful Thursday
Discover the importance of shark conservation: Why do we need sharks, and how can we help them?

Friday, July 27
Freaky Friday
Learn about the strangest and most unusual sharks in the sea!

Saturday, July 28
Supreme Saturday
Find out which sharks are the biggest, fastest, oldest, and more!

The GSC’s aquarium is home to four species of shark: sandbar sharks, blacktip sharks, bamboo sharks, and blacknose sharks. Sharks have been selected by the Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA) as a signature species for SAFE (Saving Animals From Extinction). SAFE focuses the collective expertise of AZA-accredited zoos and aquariums to save signature species by increasing direct conservation spending as well as increasing work in the field and within zoos and aquariums, and through public engagement. Shark Week is one example of the GSC’s involvement in this vital conservation effort.

Shark Week activities are included with general admission to the Greensboro Science Center. General admission is $13.50 for adults ages 14 – 64, $12.50 for children ages 3 – 13, and $12.50 for seniors ages 65+. Children 2 and under and Greensboro Science Center Members are free.

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The Greensboro Science Center is a premier family attraction in North Carolina that offers the state’s first accredited inland aquarium, a hands-on science museum, an accredited Animal Discovery Zoological Park, a state-of-the-art OmniSphere Theater, and SKYWILD, an animal-inspired treetop adventure park. The GSC is also NC’s only dually accredited AZA (Association of Zoos and Aquariums) and AAM (American Alliance of Museums) science attraction – an honor only 14 attractions in the nation can claim. The Greensboro Science Center is located at 4301 Lawndale Drive in Greensboro and is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization. For more information, visit www.greensboroscience.org.

It’s Shark Week!

At the Greensboro Science Center, we’re celebrating our first Shark Week since the opening of the Carolina SciQuarium! The SciQuarium’s 90,000-gallon Shark Reef Exhibit is home to three species of sharks: sandbar sharks, blacknose sharks and blacktip sharks.

Sandbar Sharks

Sandbar Shark

Sandbar Shark

The two largest sharks in the exhibit are sandbar sharks, named Lex Luther and Magneto. Sandbars are the most common species of shark swimming along the Atlantic coast. When full grown, they range from six feet to about seven and a half feet in length and can weigh between 100 and 200 pounds. Sandbar sharks are listed as a vulnerable species on the IUCN’s Red List. One cause is that sandbars are prone to over-fishing. Their long lifespan coupled with a long gestation period that produces few babies means populations tend to take longer to rebound. Click here for more information about sandbar sharks.

Blacknose Sharks

Blacknose Sharks

Blacknose Sharks

Our blacknose sharks, Ray, Egon, Peter and Winston, are the mid-sized sharks swimming around the exhibit. Blacknose shark get their name from the relatively dark spot located under their noses. They average about four feet in length and weigh an average of just 22 pounds when full grown. An interesting fact about blacknose sharks is that they have never been reported in a shark attack case. Click here to learn more about blacknose sharks.

Blacktip Sharks

Blacktip shark

Blacktip Shark

Currently the smallest sharks in the Shark Reef, our blacktip sharks are named Batman, Batgirl and Robin. These sharks tend to move in groups based on their sex and age. They can be identified, as their name suggests, by the black tips located on their fins. Our blacktip sharks are fairly young. They reach maturity at around four or five years old and can grow to eight feet in length and weigh as much as 220 pounds when full grown! Check out our blacktip shark fact sheet.