Shark Week Runs Through August 2 at the North Carolina Aquarium in Pine Knoll Shores


The North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores hosts Shark Week this week from July 27 through August 2. Shark Week activities are free with the purchase of aquarium admission and offer family-friendly activities, crafts, displays and programs all centered around these toothsome creatures. Sharpen your knowledge of these popular, yet often misunderstood, ocean dwellers by putting the NC Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores on your Crystal Coast vacation itinerary for this week.
Shark Week at the NC Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores
The focus of Shark Week is to bring attention to the essential role that sharks have in the aquatic ecosystem and the threats they face. "The popularity of Shark Week and the immense interest the public has in these fascinating animals gives us an opportunity to tell the real story of what is happening to sharks,” said Education Curator Windy Arey Kent. "Finning, over-fishing, pollution and other factors have caused shark populations to plummet worldwide. That can indicate big problems for ocean ecosystems.”

North Carolina waters play host to more than 50 of the 400 species of sharks found worldwide. The North Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores features three of those species in the Living Shipwreck exhibit: sand tiger sharks, sandbar sharks and the nurse shark. Be sure to look for them during your aquarium visit.

Scheduled Shark Week programs include the Creature Connection in the auditorium, which reveals the inside story of a shark's anatomy. There's also a shark jeopardy quiz game where you can test your knowledge and win prizes. Watch the divers swim with sharks and feed them, too.

Kids love the Skate and Ray Encounters touch pool, especially when they can meet a young nurse shark. The Discovery Classroom offers shark-themed crafts and other activities from 11a.m. to 2p.m. daily. Photo ops abound, so bring your camera. Step inside the replicated jaws of the now extinct megalodon, pose with Friendly Finley the shark mascot or stand next to a life-sized replica of a great white shark snout.

For an additional fee, the NC Aquarium also offers a Shark Snack Behind the Scenes Tour that you can sign up for. It's the chance to get an overhead view of a shark feeding and see them up close and personal. The program is offered on Tuesday and Friday and advance registration is required. Shark Tooth Creek gives you a chance to run your bucket through a sluice in search of shark's teeth to take home with you. This fossil-finding adventure also requires an additional fee.

The North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores makes for a great day trip any day of the week with its mountains to the sea exhibits, amazing animals, and special events and programs. Shark Week just makes it even better.

Let us know if you plan to be at the aquarium this week for Shark Week. We'd love to hear from you. Enjoy! (Cue Jaws theme music here.)