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Fin Fest

Fin Fest

A Weeklong Celebration of Sharks

Saturday, July 9 – Sunday, July 17

We’re putting a week-long spotlight on sharks to build a broader appreciation for the diversity, importance and plight of these FINtastic animals. We’ll do this by sharing shark-themed videos, trivia and more.

Saturday, July 9 – Sunday, July 17, 10am – 5pm

Sport shark gear! Show your shark shirt, shorts, socks, tie or hat in the Gift Shop and you can enter to win a $125 gift certificate. (daily, 10am – 5pm)

Show us what you know. Pick up an activity booklet with jaw-some word searches, animal facts and more. (daily, 10am – 5pm)

See if you can spot 4 species of shark. When you find them, snap a photo and tag @cleaquarium on social: brownbanded bamboo, nurse, sand tiger and sandbar. (daily, 10am – 5pm)

Meet our mascot, Finn! Snap a photo with a very friendly landshark. (Wednesday – Saturday, 12pm)

Can you tell the tooth? Identify shark teeth and get a shark temporary tattoo or sticker. (daily, 11am & 1:30pm)

Feed the Stingrays. Stingrays, like sharks, are cartilaginous elasmobranchs. Feed these shark relatives. (daily, 10:30am)

Watch a Shark Feed. (Tuesday, Thursday & Sunday, 2:30pm)

Learn from our shark-sperts. Join #cleaquarium aquarists for weekday @CLEAquarium Instagram Live mini shark talks.

  • Monday, July 11 @ 9:30am – Shark Gallery Overview
  • Tuesday, July 12 @ 9:30am – Shark Pole Feed Food Prep
  • Wednesday, July 13 @ 9 :30am – Stingrays, Sharks’ Elasmobranch Relatives
  • Thursday, July 14 @ 2:30pm – Behind-the-Scenes of a Shark Pole Feed
  • Friday, July 15 @ 9:30am – All Things Shark 

Learn how our SCUBA team prepares to dive with sharks with a special online program. (Greater Cleveland Aquarium Passholders only, Wednesday, July 13 @ 3pm, free with advance registration)

SCUBA diver Stephanie explains why she and her colleagues find so many shark teeth AND how these teeth look and function differently depending on the shark species.

You might have seen the nurse sharks at the Greater Cleveland Aquarium cuddled up like they were having a daytime slumber party. What’s that all about? Get the lowdown on these interesting animals.

Brenton M. shows you what and how we feed the sharks. (Stick with it and you can see another Shark Gallery resident snag a treat.)

Not all sharks look like the ones you see in the movies. Aquarist Mallory H. tells you all about the brownbanded bamboo shark.

Why don’t the sharks eat their neighbors? Curator Ray P. answers one of guests’ most common questions about the Shark Gallery.

Learn about the different types of teeth our dive team finds in the Shark Gallery, explains how they function and and tests your knowledge.

Did you know sharks and stingrays are related? Both are elasmobranchs. Find out how the dive team and aquarists collaborate to check the weight, growth and barbs of the Touchpool stingrays.

Make a smiling shark with things you probably have at home: scissors, markers, glue, construction paper and of course a paper plate.

Make a tented rocking shark in minutes. 

Make a shark puppet with minimal art supplies.

All you need for this shark picture frame is a photo, marker, scissors, glue, construction paper and a manila folder.

Grab some construction paper, scissors, glue and tape so you can create a piece of custom headgear that will let everyone know you are a big fan of sharks.

Transform a toilet paper tube into a shark.

Here’s a step-by-step guide to making a construction paper shark with a moving mouth. The materials are simple. We suggest watching the entire video once before diving in. Knowing the steps ahead of time makes the whole process that much easier and more fun.

Tickets are available online and need to be purchased in advance of your visit. If you’re having difficulties, call 216.862.8803.

Answer 4 shark questions and you’ll be entered for a chance to win 4 Greater Cleveland Aquarium vouchers and a 6” shark plush! (Value $90). Limit one (1) entry per person/email address. Must be age 18 or older to participate. Four (4) winners will be selected randomly on 7/17/22 and notified by email.