It’s Sharktober at The Bay Institute/Aquarium of the Bay


Providing a final and affirmative answer to the age-old question, “Are there really sharks in the San Francisco Bay?” Aquarium of the Bay is proud to present SHARKtober, a month-long celebration of these enigmatic animals.  Sharktober will star San Francisco Bay sharks: the mighty Sevengill, Soupfin, Leopard, Brown Smoothhound and Spiny Dogfish, as well as special guest stars that live just outside the Golden Gate, including Swells and Angel Sharks.

SHARKtober Daily Activities – October 1-31, 10am-6pm

Shark-related scavenger hunts, live shark touching, shark hats, shark talks and shark films at the Aquarium.  Special shark feeding presentations on Thursdays and Sundays at 1:30 pm.

Cost: Free with Aquarium admission
Info: or 415-623-5300

SHARKtoberfest Party/Fundraiser – Friday, October 16, 2009, 6:30 – 10:00pm

The SHARKtoberfest Fundraiser is a festive, event  benefiting the Aquarium of the Bay’s landmark Sevengill Shark research and education projects.  The evening will take place throughout the Aquarium, which features more than 70 sharks from the San Francisco Bay and surrounding waters.  Guests will enjoy live entertainment by the Ukulele Friends Ohana Hawaiian Strings Band, sumptuous sips and nibbles, a silent auction and a presentation of the first SharkSaver award, granted to Sherman’s Lagoon creator Jim Toomey.  Toomey will be onsite to receive the award, recognizing the important role that he has played in increasing the public’s awareness for issues facing sharks, including shark finning.

Cost:            $25 ( tax deductible) Includes Aquarium admission

Tickets/Additional Information: Click Here: SHARKTOBER Fundraiser Tickets or call 415-623-5326

SHARKtober Film Fest – Saturday, October 17, 2009, 1:00-5:00pm

Dive deeper into the underwater world of sharks to learn more about these animals and their importance to a healthy San Francisco Bay.  The event is co-sponsored by the San Francisco Ocean Film Festival and will feature films including “Rethink the Shark,” “White Shark Café,” “Sharks: Stewards of the Reef,” “Requiem” and “City of the Shark”.  A panel discussion moderated by Sea Stewards founder David McGuire, will include Maria Brown, Superintendent of the Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary; Jim Toomey, author of Sherman’s Lagoon; Sal Jorgensen, PhD, Hopkins Marine Station; and Jonathan Kathrein, shark attack survivor and founder of Future Leaders for Peace.

Cost: $17 (includes Aquarium admission)
Tickets: Click Here:
SHARKTOBER FILM FESTIVAL or call 415-623-5326

SHARKtober Family Sleepover – October 17th 7:30 PM – October 18th 9:00AM)

Families have the unforgettable opportunity to sleep in the Aquarium’s crystal clear tunnels, just inches away from more than 70 sharks and thousands of other aquatic animals.  The sleepover will also feature guided tours of the Aquarium, shark-related activities and trivia from the Aquarium naturalists, hands-on meeting and greeting with select animals, evening snacks, paid overnight parking and a continental breakfast.

Cost: $60 per person; $50 for Aquarium of the Bay members.
Reservations: or 415-623-5326

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  4. David McGuire

    As an ocean voyager and shark conservationist I want to thank OCSC for their fine sailing programs and support of Sea Stewards efforts on the Bay to understand and help protect sharks and all life of the San Francisco Bay and Beyond. We are actively tagging sharks and producing events & media products to raise awareness around our local shark populations. On Saturday we will be showing one film we made under sail between San Francisco, New Zealand and back.
    There will be great fun and fantastic donations in our silent auction on Friday- including the generous gift by OCSC, as well as SCUBA lessons, Sea Trek Kayak Tour for 8, Farallones tours from San Francisco Whale watch tours and the Oceanic Institute, and other great items.
    Thank you for supporting sharks and a healthy San Francisco Bay. We hope to see you the 16th & 17th at the Aquarium of the Bay for Sharktoberfest.

    David McGuire, Director Sea Stewards

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