Just in time for “Shark Week” on the Discovery Channel, Adventure Aquarium is kicking off Shark Summer. With live dive shows and a special shark encounter, you can bet this is going to be way more thrilling than just watching sharks on TV!
Shark Week at the aquarium will continue through tomorrow, July 17, but the fun doesn’t end there. Shark Summer will be in full effect until September 6 and there’s so much to see and do.
At Adventure Aquarium, only the bravest guests will want to zip up their wet suits and jump in for an actual shark and ray encounter. You’ll snorkel alongside sand tiger sharks, sandbar sharks and Atlantic blacktip sharks in the aquarium’s 550,000-gallon Shark Realm exhibit. Afterwards, guests will interact with and feed southern and cow nose stingrays. (Fun fact: stingrays are cousins to sharks!)
Live dive shows will resume in the newly updated Ocean Realm theatre. See divers swim among Pacific blacktip reef sharks, silky sharks, zebra sharks and Anchor, a nine-foot-long great hammerhead shark. guests will have a chance to ask the divers questions, too.
“We know how popular ‘Shark Week’ is and we are excited to again offer one of our favorite encounters,” says Molly Deese, Adventure Aquarium’s executive director. “This experience is perfect for shark enthusiasts, but if you’re not quite ready to share the water with sharks there are plenty of shark activities for the entire family to enjoy!”
Plenty indeed! Adventure Aquarium is home to the largest collection of sharks in the Northeast, with 12 shark species for you to peep. The popular Shark tunnel is a 40-foot long tunnel with amazing 180-degree views of these amazing creatures and the Shark Bridge allows visitors to cross inches above Shark Realm on the world’s longest V-shaped rope suspension bridge. At Touch a Shark you can actually reach in and touch and feel the brown and white bamboo sharks.
Advance reservations are required for the Shark and Ray Encounter. Visit their website or call 1-800-616-JAWS for more info. Dive shows take place for all general admission guests during regular hours.
General admission is $34.99-$31.99 for adults and $21.99 for children 2-12 and $29.99- $32.99 for seniors 65+. The Shark and Ray In-Water Encounter is $185 plus tax.
Adventure Aquarium is located at 1 Riverside Dr., Camden.