Shark Week Shedd-ule of Events

August 4, 2014

Feel the Thrill with #SharksAtShedd

CHICAGOShedd Aquarium is taking a deeper dive into the world of razor-sharp teeth and stealthy swimming as the popular Shark Week hosted by the Discovery Channel returns on Sunday, August 10. From a Shark Feeding Tour: Behind the Scenes in Wild Reef to a What Kind of Shark Are You interactive quiz, strap on your flippers and be prepared to Feel the Thrill with Shedd’s eleven shark species and their experts during #SharksAtShedd.

Because we’re so thrilled to celebrate #SharksAtShedd, we already got to the bottom of all of those fishy myths about sharks with the help of Lise Watson, collections manager of the Wild Reef. Turns out, there are a lot of misconceptions about sharks; like that not all sharks are vicious. In fact, zebra sharks, like the ones we have at Shedd, have a gentle and even playful side. They’re even easy to train – yes, you can train a shark! Join Lise and other Shedd experts to make Shedd the go-to source for all things fishy this Shark Week.

Dr. Kristine Stump's Discovery Channel Debut 
Shedd’s very own Dr. Kristine Stump will be featured in Discovery Channel’s Monster Hammerhead. Airing during Shark Week, the show explores a legendary hammerhead shark that has been patrolling Florida’s shores for the past 60 years. Now, Dr. Stump and a team of scientists and anglers look to explore the mystery of the hammerhead and find out if the legend could be real. 

#SharksAtShedd Expert Twitter Chat
Do sharks sleep? How many sharks are there in the world? Join Shedd’s very own shark experts, Lise Watson and Heather Thomas-Urbaniak, to find the answer to these questions and many more in our #SharksAtShedd Twitter chat. Use the hashtag #SharksAtShedd to get all the shark answers you’re hunting for.

  • Monday, August 11, 2014 from 1 p.m. – 2 p.m.

The Ultimate Shark Fan Contest 
Shedd Aquarium is daring you to sink your teeth into a contest so juicy, it will feed your appetite for a week – the Ultimate Shark Fan contest! Tweet at @Shedd_Aquarium with the hashtag #UltimateSharkFan and show us how tight you and Jaws really are. The biggest shark fan will win two complimentary passes to swim on over to Shedd for a day where you and your guest will receive a behind-the-scenes tour of the Wild Reef – the home to six of Shedd’s shark species – and observe a shark feeding! We’re chumming the waters for THE Ultimate Shark Fan – let’s see those dorsal fins!

  • Contest runs from Sunday, August 10, 2014 through Friday, August 15, 2014
  • While you compete tooth and fin to the finish, find out which species of shark you really are. Are you an easy-going zebra shark or a high-speed blacktip reef shark? Something in between? Find out when you take Shedd’s What Kind of Shark Are You interactive quiz at

Fins Up Around Chicago
We’re teaming up with some Chicago favorites to celebrate Shark Week! At Bottle and Bottega in the South Loop, a Shedd expert will share some facts about sharks, the work that goes on at Shedd and answer questions. After some fin-spiration, participants can learn step-by-step how to paint a shark and go home with their own masterpiece. Our friends at More Cupcakes are taking a bite out of Shark Week by creating custom-designed shark themed cupcakes and donating a portion of the proceeds back to Shedd! Additionally, for every dozen cupcakes purchased, More Cupcakes is giving away one Shedd VIP pass. Swim over to their local store for treats so delicious, Jaws will be jealous!

Jazzin' at the Shedd: Shark Week Edition 
Now in its 20th season, Jazzin’ at the Shedd guests during Shark Week can sip on a specialty shark themed cocktail, or should we say “Shark-tail,” while taking in live jazz music and the beautiful backdrop of Chicago’s lakefront. Let the magic continue by sticking around to enjoy Navy Pier’s fireworks show beginning at 9:30 p.m.            

  • Wednesday, August 13, 5 – 10 p.m.                    
  • $18 for adults; $16 for children
  • Performing: Rio Bamba, Tim Fitzgerald Trio, William Boris Duo

Shark Feeding Tour: Behind the Scenes in Wild Reef
Dive deeper into the world of sharks in Wild Reef with Shedd’s 60-minute exploration. During the tour, see what’s on the menu for the sharks and rays and follow animal care experts as they ring the “dinner bell” to feed the sharks. Tours are limited to 10 individuals and all participants must be at least 10 years old.        

  • Saturdays and Sundays at 9:45 a.m.
  • $89.95 for adults ($54 per member); $80.95 for children; includes express entry and access to all exhibits

Shedd Adventures
Two new Shedd Adventures are on the horizon, challenging travelers to kick up their sense of bravery and experience sharks in the wild. In Fiji, scuba-certified adventurers can expect some of the finest diving in the world, with pinnacles, walls, atolls and swim-throughs, populated by a rainbow of soft corals, arches of gorgonians and "tornadoes" of reef fishes – and sharks! In South Africa, adventurers will get a chance to come eye-to-eye with great whites as they throw on a mask and wetsuit and climb into a cage in the water, no scuba certification required. For travelers who’d rather stay dry, onlookers will get quite the view from the deck of the boat. Both dare-devils and observers are welcome on this adventure as they’ll see both aquatic animals and land animals ranging from southern right whales and penguins to lions and elephants!

Live From Behind the Scenes: Sharks at Shedd
Students can get up close and personal with some of our most popular Wild Reef residents: sharks! During this virtual experience, witness how Shedd staff members feed these animals, design an identifiable tag for different shark species and even calculate how much food our sandbar sharks eat in one of our three Live From Behind the Scenes programs. Students will explore behind the scenes and inside of the Wild Reef exhibit, without leaving their classroom. Registration for this fin-tastic learning opportunity is now available online.

  • Select Tuesdays and Thursdays at 10 a.m.
  • Sessions grouped by grades 3 through 5 and grades 6 through 8
  • One grade suite per day with up to three classes; first come first serve

Shedd Members' Exclusive Shark Week Experience
Throughout Shark Week, Shedd members can enjoy an exclusive behind the scenes sneak peak of the Wild Reef from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. There will be a daily giveaway for members who come to Shedd during the week! Lucky members could win a Shark Feeding Tour: Behind the Scenes in Wild Reef, a special private tour of Wild Reef, reserved parking or guest passes! Become a member today to receive exclusive deals just like this one!

Make A Difference With Shedd's Amazon Wishlist 
Give the #SharksAtShedd a gift to help ring in this year’s Shark Week! Our gift registry allows shark and animal lovers to support the care and well-being of the more than 32,000 animals that call Shedd home. Be it a pik stick (think giant tongs used to delicately hand feed a shark) or a tasty sheet of seaweed, Lucille (our guitarfish), Ginsu (our sawfish) and all their shark-y friends welcome your generous gifts with open jaws.

For more information, please call 312-939-2438 or visit  For group sales information, please call 312-692-3333.

EDITOR’S NOTE: Shark photos and videos can be found on Shedd’s FTP site:
Photo credit: ©Shedd Aquarium/Brenna Hernandez
Video credit: ©Shedd Aquarium/Sam Cejtin

Shedd Aquarium is supported by the people of Chicago, the State of Illinois and the Chicago Park District. Shedd Aquarium is an accredited member of the Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA)

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