It’s “The Week of Sharks” at SEA LIFE aquarium at American Dream! Just in time to coincide with Shark Week on Discovery, the aquarium is celebrating all things sharks and teaching visitors about these cunning and intriguing predators.


SEA LIFE, located in American Dream in East Rutherford, has more than 3,000 creatures including sharks. There are over 500 species of sharks in our oceans, and you can check some of them out in the Ocean Tunnel at SEA LIFE.

We had the chance to take a tour of the aquarium with curator Rich Weddle and learn more about these incredible creatures.


One of the great things about The Week of Sharks is that it’s an opportunity to learn more about sharks beyond the scary images often seen in the movies. Weddle said that when trainers enter the tank, they need to take care not to frighten the sharks, not the other way around!

SEA LIFE/The blacktip reed shark is easy to spot with its prominent black markings.

The blacktip reef shark is a favorite to spot at SEA LIFE. Did you know that they give birth to live young rather than lay eggs?

STAFF PHOTO/SEA LIFE curator Rich Weddle told us about the creatures in the touchpool.

We also had a chance to check out the sea anemones in the interactive touchpool experience.

STAFF PHOTO/The moon jellyfish can be viewed in many different colors.

Playing with the interactive lighting display for the moon jellyfish was fun, too.

The entire aquarium was set up in an interactive way with a fun “City Under the Sea” theme throughout and was engaging for my 10-year-old but would also be a great experience for kids as young as babies and toddlers.

The Week of Sharks continues through Saturday July 30 at SEA LIFE, which is located at American Dream, 1 American Dream Way, East Rutherford. Click here for tickets.

Heading to American Dream? Don’t miss their new food offerings!