Shark Week doesn’t start until August 10, but you can get into the spirit now with the new Animal Encounter program at Shark Reef Aquarium. Three different feeding experiences give you a chance to get up close and personal with the attraction’s aquatic residents including zebra sharks, stingrays and everyone’s favorite globetrotting sea turtle, OD.
The new Shark Reef Animal Encounters are as follows:
When: Daily at 9:15 a.m., lasts about an hour
Cost: $50 per adult and $40 for children (ages 5-12), includes guided tour and a keepsake photo
Who: Anyone ages 5 and up
Feed stingrays and horseshoe crabs a seafood breakfast of shrimp, krill and fish.
Sea Turtle Feed
When: Sunday – Friday at 12:45 p.m., lasts about 45 minutes
Cost: $70 per person, includes admission to Shark Reef, keepsake photo and a behind-the-scenes tour
Who: Anyone 13 years of age and older
Feed the 300-pound turtles from above the Shipwreck Exhibit, and maybe even see some sharks.
When: Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 1:15 p.m., lasts about an hour
Cost: $70 per person, includes admission to Shark Reef, a keepsake photo and a behind-the-scenes tour
Who: 13 years of age and older
Grab a feeding tong and serve lunch to the zebra sharks while aquarists feed the larger species.