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International Whale Shark Day

 

International Whale Shark Day

My name is Domino, and I’m a whale shark at Georgia Aquarium!

I may be biased, but I think that whale sharks are the coolest animals on the planet, so I hope that you will celebrate with us on International Whale Shark Day.

Whale sharks are the largest fish in the world, but don’t let our size fool you, we’re gentle giants. We’re filter feeders and eat small fish and other small animals. Even though our mouths can be up to four feet wide (1.2m), our throats are only about an inch or two (2.5 – 5 cm) wide!

Unfortunately, things are getting challenging for us whale sharks in our natural habitat. There’s now more trash and plastics in the ocean and it can get caught in our mouths when we’re trying to eat. Our populations have been declining fast. We’ve gone from being classified as “Vulnerable” to “Endangered” by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature.

The problem is that a lot of people don’t know about whale sharks and how much help we need. That’s where you come in! Learn about whale sharks and participate in fun activities on Wednesday, August 30 from 10:30am – 2:30pm.

10:30am: Narrated whale shark feeding at the theater window in Ocean Voyager Built by The Home Depot

11:30am-2:30pm: Fun and educational whale shark activities in the Atrium.

  • Whale Shark Plinko Trivia Game
  • Pin the Satellite Tag on the Whale Shark
  • How your Thumbprint is like a Whale Shark’s Spots
  • Photo opportunities with Domino, Georgia Aquarium’s whale shark mascot
  • Sign a Pledge Bookmark with a seeded “Earth” that you can plant at home

Click here to purchase tickets!

    Aug 30 - Aug 30
  • Georgia Aquarium
  • 225 Baker Street NW
  • Atlanta, GA 30313