Atlanta (July 29, 2011) –
Atlanta’s own ocean is hosting a celebration to honor the sea’s most “jaw-some” animals and to commemorate Discovery Channel’s Shark Week partnership featuring Georgia Aquarium’s live SharkCam. With more than 70 sharks onsite, representing multiple species – including the world’s largest fish, the whale shark – everyone is sure to see and learn something new during this week-long shark festival. Free with general admission, Shark Week celebrations include a variety of shark-centric festivities, interactive online programming and specialized shark-focused swims and dives.
The epic celebration begins making waves July 30 with a shark-themed “Breakfast with Biologists” where Georgia Aquarium’s own experts will discuss sharks and how to preserve their natural habitat. Guests who want to "dive in” for a closer look are able to purchase a special shark edition of the Aquarium’s immersion program, Journey with Gentle Giants, taking place July 31 through August 7. Swimmers and certified open water divers who take part in this immersive experience will have a special component to their swim or dive and will earn a Certification of Shark Conservation Education.
Viewers joining Georgia Aquarium online will continue to get a fish-eye-view through a state-of-the-art camera located inside Ocean Voyager exhibit, the world’s largest aquatic habitat. This ‘fin-tastic’ experience is available to the public through a unique partnership with Discovery Channel and Ustream, inviting guests worldwide to become part of the programming through live chats taking place at 12:30 p.m. EST, August 1-5.
Guests keeping their feet on dry land will still have an opportunity to learn more about these majestic and misunderstood animals through a variety of learning stations located throughout the Atrium. Stations will include interactive games, themed arts and crafts, giveaways and more. Throughout the week, shark experts will play hosts as narrators among the denizens of the deep from the Ocean Voyager habitat, built by The Home Depot.
For more information on Shark Week events at Georgia Aquarium, visit http://www.georgiaaquarium.org/sharkweek.aspx or call (404) 581-4000.
About Georgia Aquarium
Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta, Georgia, is the world’s largest with more than 10 million gallons of water and more aquatic life than any other aquarium. The mission of Georgia Aquarium is to be an entertaining, educational and scientific institution featuring exhibits and programs of the highest standards, offering engaging and exciting guest experiences and promoting the conservation of aquatic biodiversity throughout the world. For additional information, visit www.georgiaaquarium.org.
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