Come Celebrate Your Favorite Gentle Giant
We may be biased, but we think whale sharks are one of the coolest animals on the planet, so we hope that you will celebrate them with us on International Whale Shark Day, Friday, August 30, 2019.
Whale sharks are the largest fish in the world, but don’t let their size fool you, they are gentle giants. They are filter feeders and eat small fish and other small animals. Even though their mouths can be up to four feet wide, their throats are only about an inch or two wide!
Unfortunately, things are getting challenging for whale sharks in their natural habitat. There’s now more trash and plastics in the ocean and it can get caught in their mouths. Populations have been declining quickly. Whale sharks have gone from being classified as “Vulnerable” to “Endangered” by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature.
A lot of people don’t know about whale sharks and how much help they need. That’s where you come in! Learn about whale sharks and participate in fun activities on Friday, August 30 from 10:30am-2:30pm.
10:30am: Whale shark talk 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