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National Aquarium dives into Shark Week with live, virtual events

The Baltimore Sun
The National Aquarium joins the Shark Week party with Q&As, lectures and more.

The National Aquarium is diving headfirst into Shark Week this year, partnering with the Discovery Channel to offer shark-themed educational events.

The channel's Shark Week, which debuted in 1988, drew more than 40 million viewers hungry for more information on the predators last year. Now, aquarium visitors -- in person and online -- can get in on the action.

Today through Wednesday, members of the aquarium’s biological programs and education teams will host diver chats at 3:20 p.m., in person and livestreamed on the Blacktip Reef Shark Cam. Shark enthusiasts can submit questions in advance using the Twitter hashtag #SharkDiverChat.

The events continue with the aquarium’s first Facebook Q&A session on sharks. In-house experts and professionals from partner organizations will answer submitted queries Tuesday at 11 a.m.

For those curious about the powerful creatures, the aquarium will live broadcast its Blacktip Reef shark feeding at 9 a.m. on the social media app Meerkat. The video will also be made available on the DLive section of the Discovery Channel website.

Thursday at 6:30 p.m., researcher Chris Fischer, known for his ESPN television show “Offshore Adventures,” will give a lecture at the National Aquarium titled “Tracking Great White Sharks: Inspired Boy Becomes Global Explorer.” Fischer will discuss what drew him to Great Whites and other ocean predators.

For more information on the aquarium's events in conjunction with Shark Week, visit

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