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|Pongo the shark will have breakfast with visitors to the Oregon Coast Aquarium on Father's Day|
Pongo is one of the Oregon Coast Aquarium’s Broadnose seven gill sharks that will “dine” with visitors as the sharks are fed during the Father's Day Breakfast.
The Oregon Coast Aquarium will offer Breakfast with the Sharks Father's Day weekend, allowing visitors to enter the Aquarium before it opens to the public and enjoy a hearty breakfast while learning about sharks.
Breakfast with the Sharks will take place Saturday, June 19, from 8 to 9:30 am in the Gleason Event Room in front of the private viewing window of the Sharks in the Passages of the Deep exhibit. Cost for Breakfast with the Sharks for non members is $35; cost for members is $30, which includes Aquarium admission. Reservations are required by calling (541) 867-3474 ext. 2313.
During breakfast, visitors will watch the sharks being fed their breakfast by husbandry staff while an Aquarium biologist gives a talk about their diet, behaviors and physiology. Breakfast, provided by the Aquarium's Local Ocean Café, will be a variety of breakfast offerings freshly prepared by Enrique Sanchez, award winning Local Ocean chef.
"Breakfast with the Sharks is truly a special event," said Cindy Hanson, Aquarium Public Relations Manager. "It's a magical experience to be at the Aquarium before it opens, when everything is quiet. From the private viewing window in the Gleason Event Room, you really get a unique perspective of the sharks and bat rays in Passages of the Deep while enjoying a delicious breakfast from Local Ocean Cafe."
Sharks will be spotlighted as important members of their ocean habitats, unlike the man-eating monsters portrayed in the movies. Sharks live in oceans around the globe—from warm shallows to the cold, deep sea and even fresh water lakes. All of the sharks exhibited at the Oregon Coast Aquarium are species native to Oregon's coastal waters. Visitors will meet the sharks from Oregon's coast during this glimpse into the world of sharks.
Sharks and their ancestors have presided over the seas for nearly 400 million years, but in the wild today, shark populations are suffering from human activity. Through habitat destruction and overfishing, humans have become more dangerous to sharks than they are to us. Sharks have been depicted as man-eaters and killers for centuries. The reality is that of the more than 350 species, only a handful pose any threat to humans.
The Oregon Coast Aquarium is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit educational attraction dedicated to the highest quality aquatic and marine science programs for recreation and education so the public better understands, cherishes, and conserves the world’s natural marine and coastal resources. For more information, visit the Aquarium’s Web site at www.aquarium.org or call (541)867-FISH.