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July 25, 2022

Adventure Aquarium offers closer look at shark teeth with 'Shark Tooth Summer'

On average, each the fearsome ocean predators loses 35,000 teeth during its lifetime

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Adventure Aquarium in Camden, New Jersey, is hosting 'Shark Tooth Summer' from Aug. 4 to Sept. 5. The event highlights its huge shark population with shark-themed interactive activities and experiences.

You may have heard of "Shark Week," but what about a whole month dedicated to the fearsome predator?

This is a reality at Adventure Aquarium in Camden, which is hosting "Shark Tooth Summer" from Aug. 4 through Sept. 5, which highlights the aquarium's shark population, the largest in the Northeast. 

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Adventure Aquarium's collection includes great hammerheads, sandbar sharks, sand tiger sharks, black tip sharks, nurse sharks, silky sharks, whitespotted bamboo sharks, brownbanded bamboo sharks and epaulette sharks.

During the festival, visitors can watch a Scuba Tooth Fairy sift through the sand in the Ocean Realm exhibit, home to the endangered great hammerhead shark, in search of shark teeth of all shapes and sizes.

The average shark loses about 35,000 teeth during its lifetime, so there should be plenty for the Scuba Tooth Fairy to find. The fairy will dive daily at 11:45 a.m., 12:45 p.m. and 2:45 p.m. There is no additional cost to watch.

Other free shark-themed experiences include trivia, light shows and chats with shark experts.

With a donation to the Adventure Aquarium ACTS conservation fund, visitors get shark activity kits, complete with an activity sheet, Adventure Aquarium pencil and shark-shaped pencil gripper. There also will be shark-themed souvenirs available at the Shark Cart in the Shark Den.

Guests who want a more immersive experience can book a Shark & Ray Encounter, allowing them to slip into wetsuits and snorkel near sandbar sharks and sand tiger sharks, and interact with playful stingrays. The encounters must be booked in advance online, and are limited to weekend time slots. There are also behind-the-scenes tours of Shark Realm available.

Adventure Aquarium has multiple unique ways to view its sharks, including Shark Bridge, Shark Tunnel and Touch-a-Shark.

Tickets and reservations for Shark Tooth Summer are available online.

Shark Tooth Summer

Thursday, Aug. 4, to Monday, Sept. 5
9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. | $18.99-$44.99 
Adventure Aquarium
1 Riverside Drive, Camden, NJ 08103

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