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Shark Discovery Day Returns to Aquarium July 27

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Get hands-on to learn about the ocean's top predator.

Shark Discovery Day Returns to Aquarium July 27

A sandtiger shark. Photo courtesy of ABQ BioPark.

July 16, 2013

Did you know sharks have remained almost unchanged for more than 400 million years? Learn more about these powerful predators during Shark Discovery Day at the Aquarium on Saturday, July 27 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Feel the sandpapery skin of bamboo sharks in the Shark & Ray Encounter and visit discovery stations to hear shark legends, check out jaws full of teeth, and find out how you can help sharks in the wild.

"It's hard to resist the toothy smiles of the Aquarium's sharks," said Tallie Segel, Aquarium Education Manager. "Most of us feel awe and a little fear when we see sharks. In reality, there's little to fear and lots to learn about these fish. They have amazing adaptations and are really important in ocean ecosystems."

Six species of sharks live at the ABQ BioPark Aquarium: bamboo, sandtiger, sand bar, nurse, zebra and black tip. Worldwide, scientists have identified more than 470 different species of sharks.

As top predators, sharks keep fish populations healthy by eating sick and dying fish. They are excellent hunters with multiple adaptations to locate and capture prey. Despite their predatory skills, sharks are quickly becoming endangered in the wild. Habitat destruction, climate change and finning threaten millions of sharks each year. Learn how to get involved in shark conservation at the Aquarium's Shark Discovery Day, which is included with regular admission. For more information, email [email protected] or dial 311 locally (505-768-2000).

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