The Shark Week program begins Saturday July 17 and continues, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily, through July 23. The program will include hourly presentations on sharks along with live shark encounters. Children can touch docile horn and swell shark pups in touch tanks. Daily shark scavenger hunts will have shark tooth prizes. Children can watch videos of sharks in the wild, have their picture taken with a great white shark in a photo booth and go on shark scavenger hunts. Shark-themed dive shows take place in Birch’s two-story kelp forest tank at 2 p.m. Saturday, 10:30 a.m. July 18 and 12:30 p.m. July 20 and 22.
Shark Week at the Birch Aquarium at Scripps in La Jolla. Courtesy photo
Among the topics Scripps researchers will tackle are why sharks are vulnerable and need to be protected, how sharks use their teeth the way humans use utensils, and new conservation efforts to sustain declining shark populations.