Planet Shark: Predator or Prey (through September 16)
Shark Facts. Shark Films. Shark Fun! Plan your family visit today and journey through Planet Shark: Predator or Prey, an “out-of-water” exhibition with shark specimen models and teeth, interactive kiosks and more. Don’t be scared – the sharks in this exhibit are not real and won’t bite! Planet Shark has a Just for Kids area where they can enjoy contributing to a daily art mural, playing with underwater figurines and engaging with activity booklets.
Exhibit Features: 12,000-square-foot exhibit & Five galleries: (1) History & Evolution, Top of the Food Chain, (2) Shark Attack & Phobias, Hysteria & “Jaws” the Movie, (3) The Big Picture, (4) Protection and Observation, (5) Tracking the Great White Shark, Prey – Sharks Under Attack
Planet Shark Speaker Series - The four-part Planet Shark Speaker Series culminates Thursday, July 19 with David Gallo, Director of Special Projects at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. Dave will discuss The Secrets of the Sea: Exploring Neptune’s Realm. His presentation will review some of the most recent oceanographic discoveries and will introduce the audience to the next generation of technologies that will lead us into the future of ocean exploration.
*Speaker Series lectures are free, but reservation is required for admission. Tickets include access to traveling exhibition, Planet Shark before the lecture, from 5-7 p.m.
Sharky Sundays (June-September)
Learn about sharks, wildlife, engineering, conservation and underwater worlds.
- June 3, 2012 – Feeding Adaptations Discover the various feeding styles of our ocean friends, including baleen and toothed whales. Learn what makes a shark’s bite so fierce as you create shark tooth crafts.
- June 17, 2012 – American Society of Civil Engineers
- July 1, 2012 – Shark Conservation Learn why many shark species are in decline and what you can do to help ensure a bright future for one of the ocean’s top predators.
- July 22, 2012 – Shark Stewards Texas, the local chapter of the non-profit shark conservation organization based in San Francisco, will teach visitors about shark finning and how to stop it through a fun, hands-on learning activity. Make your very own shark-tooth necklace to show your support for sharks! Visitors will also learn about the work of Shark Stewards Texas and how to adopt their very own shark.
- August 5, 2012 – Life in the Deep Ocean Dive to the darkest depths of the oceans to discover the animals that call this strange world home.
- August 19, 2012 – Sharks Special guest: Kelly Morales with SeaWorld San Antonio
- September 2, 2012 – Shark Celebration Catch the last few weeks of the Planet Shark exhibition before they swim away. Visitors will make shark masks, shark tooth necklaces and more!
- September 16 – Award-winning shark conservationist David McGuire Shark Stewards Texas, the local chapter of thenon-profit shark conservation organization based in San Francisco will give a spectacular send-off to the Planet Shark exhibition with fun crafts and experiments to educate families about sharks. David McGuire will give a talk about the dangers of shark finning and how you can help conserve our oceans by protecting sharks.
- (Through Sept. 15, 2012) Saturdays, 1 p.m.
- MNS Science Building (1318 South Second Avenue in Fair Park)
- FREE for MNS members and included with the cost of general exhibits admission for non-members.
Check out the pictures from my visit to Planet Shark.