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4 ways to celebrate Shark Week in metro Phoenix

See new shark exhibits and programming at OdySea Aquarium all month. Photo courtesy of OdySea.

Shark Week debuted on the Discovery Channel 30 years ago this month. Originally, it was devoted to conservation efforts and correcting misconceptions about sharks. Today, it’s also a way for local aquariums and museums to pull you in with new exhibits and Shark-Week-themed programming! Here’s what’s happening in the desert during Shark Week, which officially starts Sunday, July 22:

1. Give blood, get free admission. Sea Life Arizona Aquarium is giving two free admission tickets to adults who donate blood to the American Red Cross from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, July 22 at 5000 S. Arizona Mills Circle. The Red Cross is facing a critical blood shortage and is needing donors of all blood types. Sea Life’s Shark Week Celebration kicks off the same day with special activities and — of course — lots of sharks. visitsealife.com/arizona

Visitors can get a glimpse of the shark tank from the restrooms at OdySea Aquarium east of Scottsdale. Photo by Kate Greene.

2. Stare at sharks from the restrooms. OdySea Aquarium near Scottsdale is the only place we know of where you can stare at sharks (and vice versa) from inside the restrooms. OdySea boasts five different species of sharks: the White Spotted Bamboo Shark, Brown Banded Bamboo Shark, Coral Catshark, Zebra Shark and Epaulette Shark. During Jawsome July at OdySea July 7-29, the aquarium hosts several activities including shark feeding times, special presentations about sharks and rays and more. odyseaaquarium.com

4. Attend Shark University. This month, OdySea Aquarium also hosts Shark University at 6 p.m. on July 11, 18 and 25 for $19.95 (general admission is not required). Shark University brings visitors behind the scenes for fun and educational lectures and tours.   odyseaaquarium.com/promotions/

4. Binge watch Shark Week TV. You have the Discovery Channel to thank for dedicating a week each July to this ocean predator. Shark Week programming starts Sunday, July 22. In one episode, ex-Navy/Marine and comedian Rob Riggle trains Shaquille O’Neal for a big plunge with sharks. Shark Week and Shark Tank also team up to decide whose shark conservation will win $50,000. discovery.com/tv-shows/shark-week/




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