Explore the Depths: Real-Time Shark Tracking & Exclusive Expedition Giveaway!

July 2, 2024

There are plenty of ways to celebrate Shark Week with the resident sharks at the Aquarium. Below are some of the shark experiences that visitors can enjoy.

  • Let’s Talk Sharks Daily Presentation

    During your visit to the Texas State Aquarium, be sure to stop at the first level of the Caribbean Journey Exhibit to enjoy the Let’s Talk Sharks presentation. Visitors will have an interactive experience with our knowledgeable shark educators and learn about our six resident brown sharks. Plan accordingly, this presentation is available to the public at 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m., and 4:40 p.m. daily.

  • Touch a Shark

    When you’re walking through the Islands of Steel Exhibit on the first level of the Gulf of Mexico chain, you have a unique opportunity to touch the juvenile bamboo and epaulette sharks. With staff at the ready to guide guests, they will learn how to properly place your hand in the shallow touch pool, extending two fingers out to touch the sandpaper-like surface of a shark’s skin. This hands-on encounter offers a rare chance to get up close and personal with these amazing creatures.

  • OCEARCH’s Tag-a-Shark Exhibit

    Guests can track tagged sharks in real time using OCEARCH’s Global Shark Tracker. The interactive exhibit equipped with large screens is displayed in the Gulf of Mexico chain and will help you navigate the waters that these top predators swim, while tracking their migration patterns.

  • Megalodon’s Jaws Photo Opportunity

    View the jaws of the largest shark on the planet. On the first level of the Gulf of Mexico chain, you will find a scaled model of Megalodon’s jaw where you can grab a selfie. The jaws are also large enough for a group photograph.

  • Snorkel-with-a-Shark Encounter

    Experience the thrill and chill of getting up close to our six resident sandbar sharks in our Caribbean Sea Exhibit. Learn about their biology and how we can protect them in the wild. You will also snorkel with stingrays, barracudas, eel, and a variety of fish. This is an incredible adventure and is offered upon scheduled availability. To see the schedule and book your encounter, click here.

  • Special Guest, Dr. Kesley Banks, Presents Let’s Talk Sharks

    Special guest, Dr. Kesley Banks, Associate Research Scientist in the Center for Sportfish Science and Conservation at the Harte Research Institute at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, will be hosting the Let's Talk Sharks presentation on Friday, July 12th at 11:30 a.m. You won't want to miss it, as she will deliver a packed-to-the-gills educational experience for our guests in front of the Caribbean Sea Exhibit. Dr. Banks will remain in the main lobby along with fellow scientists with the Sportfish Center after the presentation until 1:00 p.m. to answer any questions.


Want to join a shark tagging expedition? Now is your chance! OCEARCH is giving away the trip of a lifetime, granting one lucky fan and their guest the opportunity to join one of OCEARCH’s expeditions in Spain, France, or Ireland to tag a white shark and help protect our oceans! Head to MeetAShark.com for more information and to enter!

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