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We love Sharks!

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Celebrate alongside the NC Aquarium at Fort Fisher for 31 Days of Sharks & Rays in July. These magnificent creatures play a critical role in a healthy ocean ecosystem. Shark & Ray Awareness Day is July 14, an important time to spotlight collective and individual actions to protect them. At the Aquarium, our focus on sharks and rays is ongoing and with community support, we can successfully achieve our science-based conservation initiatives.

Sand Tiger Shark

important shark & ray facts
  • Overfishing is the primary threat for  sharks.
  • There are more than 1,200 species of sharks and rays.
  • From the Greenland shark living up to 500 years to the sawfish with its long saw-like nose, these animals have evolved unique physical and behavioral adaptations.
What can you do to support shark conservation?
  • Purchase only sustainable seafood.
  • Support strong, science-based management of shark populations and habitats.
  • Support your local zoo, aquarium or other science-based conservation organization.
  • Spread the word about sharks and rays.
What do you do if you unintentionally catch a shark?

To reduce death or long-term injury, please try to keep sharks in the water to safely remove the hook or cut the line close to the hook.


Support Shark Conservation

Donation window is open: SAVE SHARKS & RAYS

As we continue our work every day to save sharks and rays, we are heartened by the support and partnership of the community in this important cause. Leading up to this Shark & Ray Awareness Day, among the many ways we are raising awareness and funds is through SAFE: Sharks & Rays. 

Please donate from July 11-14 to SAFE: Sharks & Rays.* All funds support AZA SAFE: Saving Animals From Extinction which focuses the collective expertise within AZA-accredited zoos and aquariums and leverages their massive audiences to save species.

*Please use code Sharks and Rays in the Other donation box. 
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We're Pitching Conservation at the Ballpark 

What do Wilmington Shark’s fans and North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher (NCAFF) staff have in common? Both love sharks! The Aquarium team is heading out to the ballpark July 13 for the Wilmington Sharks vs. Florence Flamingos baseball matchup with the opening pitch at 7:05 p.m.

Sharky the Shark, the Wilmington Sharks mascot, will be visiting us July 14 on Shark and Ray Awareness Day— find out more and don't miss any of the excitement!

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