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Planet Shark – Predator or Prey – Shark Facts and Trivia

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Museum of Nature and Science, Fair Park
At the Museum of Nature and Science in Fair Park right now! Don’t miss it!

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Sink your teeth into an amazing “out-of-water” shark experience that’s fun for all ages! Making only its second stop in the U.S., Planet Shark: Predator or Prey features explanations and examinations of almost every aspect of the shark. From evolution and biology to popular culture and the fin trade, this 12,000-square-foot five-gallery exhibition guides visitors through the murky myths and fascinating facts that have surrounded sharks for centuries.

One of nature’s oldest and most feared creatures, the shark also is one of the most misunderstood. Fishing pressure and media misrepresentation have put many species of this magnificent animal under serious threat of extinction. Planet Shark: Predator or Prey is a great educational step to help preserve these necessary apex predators.

NEW! See LIVE sharks and witness twice-weekly shark feedings, get a close up look at a shark dissection on Saturdays, and make a splash at Sharky Sunday on January 15 for a day of water-themed activities, craft projects, science demos and other hands-on fun.

Watery Shark Fun

To enhance and extend your shark experience, MNS has added a 515-gallon aquarium display featuring LIVE sharks, twice-weekly shark feedings and so-cool Saturday shark dissections throughout the duration of the Planet Shark: Predator or Prey exhibition. And Sharky Sunday will feature water-themed activities, crafts, science demos and more January 15 from 1 – 3 p.m. (and select Sundays beginning February 5).

Sharky Sundays

MNS Science Building (1318 S. 2nd Ave. in Fair Park)
Sunday, January 15, from 1 – 3 p.m. (and select Sundays beginning February 4)

It’s like a Sunday fun-day for shark lovers! Sharky Sunday will make a splash with water-themed activities, craft projects, science demos and other hands-on fun that will have shark enthusiasts of all ages hungry for more. Learn about sharks, wildlife, engineering, conservation and underwater worlds, and take home souvenirs.

Shark Feedings

MNS Science Building lobby (1318 S. 2nd Ave. in Fair Park)

What do sharks eat, and how often do they get hungry? Learn about their diets and witness LIVE shark feedings on Wednesdays and Fridays at 11 a.m. An aquarist will be on hand to answer questions and give a short talk.

Shark Dissections

MNS Science Building (1318 S. 2nd Ave. in Fair Park)

Learn about the interesting anatomy of sharks, and see a shark dissection every Saturday at 1 p.m.

Fun Facts About Sharks!

Shark Trivia

  • Some sharks can go an entire year without eating, while living off the oil deposits stored in their bodies.
  •  Sharks do not sleep. Rather, they experience alternating periods of activity and rest.
  • Sharks have upper and lower eyelids but they do not blink.
  • Sharks can travel up to 40 miles per hour.
  • There are 370 species of sharks.
  • Some sharks swim in a figure eight when frightened.
  • Sharks have survived on earth for about 400 million years.
  • A shark bites with its lower jaw first and then its upper.
  • Some sharks may eat other sharks.
  • The hides of mature female blue sharks are more than twice as thick as those of males.
  • A shark may grow and use over 20,000 teeth in its lifetime
  • Almost all sharks are “carnivores” or meat eaters.
  • The biggest shark is the whale shark (Rhincodon or Rhiniodon typus), which can be up to 50 feet (15 m) long.
  • The biggest meat-eating shark is the great white shark (Carcharodon carcharias) which grows to be up to 21 feet (6.4 m) long.
  • The smallest sharks are: dwarf lanternfish (Etmopterus perryi), which is about 7 1/2 to 8 inches (19 – 20 cm) long for fully grown females and 6 to 7 inches (16 – 17.5 cm) long for adult males.
  • The fastest swimming sharks are the mako sharks and blue sharks, which can even leap out of the water. They are also probably the fastest fish. Estimates of their speed varies; some say that they can swim at about 60 miles per hour.

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