Fort Fisher Aquarium hosts ‘Saving Sharks’ program

KURE BEACH — On Mar. 6, 11 a.m., the N.C. Aquarium at Fort Fisher and the Vermilion Sea Institute will host a program called “Saving Sharks,” focused on methods scientists use to identify and protect sharks in the wild, specifically sand tiger and whale sharks.

“Of the more than 1,000 shark and ray species known globally, approximately a quarter are threatened with extinction, while information about many other species is insufficient,” according to a release from the aquarium.

Educators of the program will address recent discoveries made about tiger sharks near the North Carolina coast, as well as whale sharks that gather near the Baja California peninsula in Mexico. It also will cover site fidelity — sharks that swim to the same shipwrecks over again.

Ages 7 and up can participate in the virtual program, which is $30; aquarium members receive a 10% discount. Register at, which closes 24 hours before the program starts.

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