Are there really sharks in 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.



When: Daily, October 1-31, 10am-6pm

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

Cost: Free with Aquarium admission

Info: or 415-623-5300 SHARKtoberFest

When: Friday, October 16, 2009, 6:30 - 10:00pm

Info: SHARKtoberFest is a festive fundraiser benefiting Aquarium of the Bay's landmark Sevengill Shark research and education projects. The evening will take place throughout the Aquarium and will include entertainment, sustainable seafood 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

Tickets: or 415-623-5326

SHARKtober FilmFest

When: Saturday, October 17, 2009, 1-5pm

Info: 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 features films by local and international filmmakers. Between screenings, renowned shark experts and scientists will share their insight during presentations and panel discussions.

Cost: $17 (includes Aquarium admission)

Info: or 415-623-5326

SHARKtober Family Sleepover

October 17, 2009, 7:30 PM (ends 9:00 AM on October 18)

Info: 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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