June 01, 2023
Newport, KY (June 1, 2023) Summer is here and it’s just not summer without sharks! The popular Shark Summer event returns to Newport Aquarium May 26 to September 10. Visitors will experience dozens of these fascinating apex predators while learning about the important role they play in healthy ocean ecosystems. The experience includes Shark Bridge - suspended just inches over a tank full of sharks - and a millions of years old megalodon shark tooth visitors can touch.
There’s perhaps no more intriguing part of a shark than their powerful jaws. Visitors will learn about the four kinds – biters, shakers, crushers and grazers. Each type of jaws serves animals that hunt in very different ways. Shakers, like the great white, thrash their head from side to side while their sharp teeth cut through the shark’s meal. Visitors during Shark Summer will have the special experience of touching a millions of years old megalodon shark tooth. These shakers were the biggest sharks in history measuring up at 60 feet long - three times longer than a great white!
“We’re always looking for fun ways to help our guests build a deeper connection with animals” said Rebecca Foster, Newport Aquarium’s Executive Director. “Through all the fun and adventure of Shark Summer, guests are making connections with sharks that will lead to a greater understanding and grow their desire to protect these misunderstood creatures.”
Other Shark Summer experiences include the opportunity to touch real sharks and visit the Shark Nursery featuring several types of shark eggs. The aquarium offers savings with advance ticket purchase online. The sooner tickets are purchased, the greater the savings. For more information on Shark Summer and tickets, visit NewportAquarium.com.
Newport Aquarium, named one of the top 10 U.S. aquariums by USA Today and one of the top U.S. aquariums by Leisure Group Travel, has showcased thousands of animals from around the world in a million gallons of water since 1999. Named a top U.S. aquarium by US City Traveler, Destinations Travel Magazine and the Travel Channel, Newport Aquarium is a Herschend Family Entertainment company and an accredited member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. Newport Aquarium is located across the Ohio River from downtown Cincinnati at Newport on the Levee.