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Georgia Aquarium Announces World Debut of "Planet Shark: Predator or Prey"

"Out of water" exhibition gives visitors new interactive experience

Atlanta (August 21, 2009) –

The Georgia Aquarium today announced the world debut of Planet Shark: Predator or Prey. Opening October 3, 2009, for a limited engagement, Atlanta audiences will be the first to experience the most comprehensive and innovative “out of water” shark exhibition to tour the world.  Planet Shark: Predator or Prey will be a stand-alone exhibition inside the Aquarium and will complement the existing collection of 77 live sharks, representing 14 different species.  The interactive and engaging exhibition will explore some of the unique relationships humans have forged with one of the world’s most feared predators-the shark.
Planet Shark: Predator or Prey is being presented through a new partnership between the Georgia Aquarium and Grande Exhibitions—an Australian-based producer of museum-quality exhibitions.  This fascinating 12,000 square-foot exhibition was created by a team of experts in the fields of sharks, aquariums, ocean cinematography and world-class exhibitions.

Planet Shark: Predator or Prey will take guests on a journey of engaging discovery—presenting facts, dispelling myths, and providing a better understanding of one of the most misunderstood animals on earth.  The Aquarium will further engage visitors, with lectures from world-renowned shark experts, shark-themed film festivals, and other interactive opportunities that will enhance the Planet Shark experience

Each of Planet Shark: Predator or Prey’s 10 galleries is a chapter in the story of this remarkable animal and mankind’s fascination with it.  Often maligned as a mindless killer, the exhibition will provide intriguing insight into shark behavior, explore the interesting connection between humans and sharks, and expose the real threat of extinction that certain shark species are facing.

Planet Shark: Predator or Prey will feature:

• Full-scale shark models cast from real specimens, including an 18-foot Great White shark
• Extensive collection of real shark jaws, teeth and fossils
• Shark cages and authentic artifacts from the movie “Jaws”
• Stories on human/shark encounters as told by survivors and shark experts
• An examination of their size, biology, hunting strategies and amazing sensory systems
• Detailed information on the Great White shark satellite tagging program and other conservation efforts
• Interactive, educational displays that include high-definition videos and hands-on experience

“The Georgia Aquarium is excited to host the world premiere of this ground-breaking stand alone exhibition that celebrates one of the oceans’ most feared, intriguing and complex creatures, said Xxxxx Xxxxx, [title], Georgia Aquarium. “Planet Shark not only complements our current collection of live sharks, but will also provide our guests with a unique educational perspective on an animal which has reigned over the ocean for more than 450 million years.”

Throughout the run of the exhibition, Georgia Aquarium staff members will be on-hand to answer questions and separate the fact from fiction about sharks. 

WHAT: Planet Shark: Predator or Prey
WHEN: Opening October 03, 2009
WHERE: The Georgia Aquarium
  225 Baker Street NE
  Atlanta, GA 30313

TICKETS:  Adult (16-64): $31.50
  Senior (65+): $26.25
  Child (5-15): $23.50
  
Note: Ticket prices listed above are for advanced purchases and include Aquarium admission. Special pricing is available for Annual Pass Members, groups and schools. Audio Tours are also available. For complete pricing information and availability visit http://www.georgiaaquarium.org/.

About the Georgia Aquarium
The Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta, Georgia, is the world’s largest with more than eight million gallons of water and the largest collection of aquatic animals. The mission of the 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 http://www.georgiaaquarium.org/.

Media Contacts:
Jonathan Barnes
Creaxion for Planet Shark
404.495.4444
Jonathan@creaxion.com 

Francesca Allegra
Georgia Aquarium
(404)581-4391
fallegra@georgiaaquarium.org

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