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Interactive Shark! exhibit comes to Houston Museum of Natural Science

The Houston Museum of Natural Science’s latest special exhibit, Shark! makes getting up close and personal with this sea creature a fun experience with their innovative, informative and interactive presentation.

Life size shark
Life size shark
Valerie Sweeten

Visitors are in for a treat as they have the opportunity to see a live shark touch tank, track great white sharks swimming in the Gulf of Mexico in real time, and see what’s happening with sharks all over the world through amazing conservation efforts led by top marine biologists.

The Shark! exhibit at the HMNS will be on display from August 29, 2014 through March 22, 2015.

Wes Tunnell, curator of marine biology at HMNS, said sharks are often misunderstood.

“The hype in the classic horror film Jaws and misinformation in other movies and documentaries have had a huge impact on the perception of this very important group and their role in our oceans and relationship with people,” said Tunnell. “This fictional representation has caused most people to fear the oceans and not want to enter into the shark’s environment. It is true that there are shark attacks on people in small numbers each year; however, the real threat is now in the opposite direction.”

The 8 components of the exhibition include:
• Shark Cage with Three-sided Video Wall
• Shark Touch Tanks with Whitespotted Bamboo Shark and Epaulette Carpet Shark
OCEARCH covering shark research and shark tracking information
• Megalodon Display
• Interpretive Shark Biology Lab
• Gulf of Mexico Map with Common Shark Species
• Sharks and People
• Conservation

OCEARCH, is a non-profit organization with a global reach for unprecedented research on great white sharks and other large apex predators. In a collaborative environment established by Founding Chairman and Expedition Leader Chris Fischer, OCEARH enables leading researchers and institutions to generate previously unattainable data on the movement, biology, and health of sharks to protect their future while enhancing public safety and education.

In Texas, OCEARCH is working with Dr. Greg Stunz, Endowed Chair of Fisheries and Ocean Health at the Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi to tag and track sharks in the Gulf.

Shark! is organized by the Houston Museum of Natural Science with the Texas State Aquarium and assistance from OCEARCH and the Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi.

For tickets or more information on this special exhibition, visit or call 713-639-4629.

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