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Thursday, October 8, 2009

Coming Up: SHARKtober at Aquarium of the Bay - including a Sleepover

Providing a final and affirmative answer to the age-old question, “Are there really sharks in the San Francisco Bay?” Aquarium of the Bay doing a monthlong SHARKtober celebration.

SHARKtober will star San Francisco Bay sharks (so yes, that answers the question): the Sevengill, Soupfin, Leopard, Brown Smoothhound and Spiny Dogfish, as well as others which live just outside the Golden Gate, including Swells and Angel Sharks.

Here's a list of events, including a sleepover in the shark tank! Well, almost.

SHARKtober Family Sleepover
When: October 17, 2009, 7:30 p.m. (ending at 9 a.m. October 18)
Sleep in the Aquarium’s crystal clear tunnels, just inches away from more than 70 sharks and thousands of other aquatic animals. You'll get guided tours of the Aquarium, shark-related activities and trivia from the Aquarium naturalists, hands-on meeting and greeting with select animals, evening snacks, paid overnight parking and a continental breakfast.

Cost: $60 per person; $50 for Aquarium of the Bay members.
Info: www.aquariumofthebay.org
Reservations: tracye@aquariumofthebay.org or (415) 623-5326

SHARKtober Daily Events
When: daily, October 1-31, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Shark-related scavenger hunt, live shark touching, shark hats, shark talks and shark films. Special shark feeding presentations on Thursdays and Sundays only at 1:30 pm.
Cost: free with Aquarium admission

When: Friday, October 16, 2009, 6:30 – 10 p.m.
SHARKtoberFest is a festive fundraiser benefiting Aquarium of the Bay’s landmark Sevengill Shark research and education projects. The evening takes place throughout the Aquarium, featuring more than 70 sharks from the San Francisco Bay and surrounding waters. Guests will enjoy live entertainment by the Ukulele Friends Ohana Hawaiian Strings Band, food and drinks, a silent auction and a presentation of the first SharkSaver award, granted to Sherman’s Lagoon creator Jim Toomey. Toomey will be onsite to receive the award, recognizing the important role that he has played in increasing the public’s awareness for issues facing sharks, including shark finning.
Cost: $25
Tickets: www.aquariumofthebay.org or 415-623-5326

SHARKtober FilmFest
When: Saturday, October 17, 2009, 1-5pm
Dive deeper into the underwater world of sharks to learn more about these animals and their importance to a healthy San Francisco Bay. The event is co-sponsored by the San Francisco Ocean Film Festival and features films by local and international filmmakers. Between screenings, renowned shark experts and scientists will share their insight during presentations and panel discussions.
Cost: $17 (includes Aquarium admission)
Info: www.aquariumofthebay.org or 415-623-5326

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