It’s currently Shark Season at a North-east aquarium but there is nothing to fear about these creatures.
For the staff at Macduff Marine Aquarium the word ‘shark’ arouses fascination and admiration and the team will be introducing aquarium visitors to them this month.
Amazing sharks, skates and rays will be showcased. The event also aims to challenge some of the myths about sharks and demonstrate how sharks have played an important part in the lives of humans throughout the centuries.
Six different local shark species can be found at the aquarium as well as a shark nursery where baby dogfish and rays are hatched and cared for before they are released into the wild.
The event runs from now until Sunday, October 26 and will offer visitors an opportunity take part in illustrated talks, sharky trails, art and games, along with the aquarium’s scheduled feed and dive shows.
Sandra Bisset, Aquarium Learning Officer Sandra Bisset said: “There is such a wide diversity of sharks, rays and skates that live in our oceans and the Moray Firth is visited by over 30 different species of these amazing animals. We wanted to give our visitors an insight into the hidden world of sharks and to blow the myths that portray sharks as our enemies right out of the water, with our science workshops.
Daily interactive shark science workshops will look at sharks inside and out while fossils and shark teeth specimens will also be on show.
Visitors will be given the chance to view the fossil tooth of a Megalodon - the largest shark that ever existed thanks to Aberdeenshire Council’s Museum Service.
Guest Speaker, Dr Caroline Barelle from the University of Aberdeen will speak about her work with shark blood and how it can be used against the fight for cancer tomorrow (Friday, October 17).
The aquariums’s very own shark biologist Dr Lauren Smith will be on hand on Monday, October 20 to talk about her research to help protect sharks in the wild and how it inadvertently helps protect humans too.