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Petting sharks on school vacation

Posted by Kimberly Sherman  April 8, 2010 07:43 AM

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sharkencounters.jpgNo you don't have to break the bank and head to tranquil waters of the Caribbean to pet a shark next week. You just have to plug the directions to the Mystic Aquarium into your GPS and muster up the nerve to place your hand in the same tank as the ocean's most feared predator. Yup, time for Shark Week from April 14-20 in Mystic, Conn.  

"Shark Encounters...a Shark Touch Tank" opened on April 1 and allows visitors the unique opportunity to touch docile white-spotted bamboo and coral cat sharks as they swim by. The exhibit features sharks of all shapes and sizes, and you're promised to meet critters you didn't even realize were cousins of Jaws.

From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day, kids will learn about shark adaptations, myths, diet and conservation efforts to protect them. There will be plenty of hands-on activities, games, crafts and presentations all revolving around sharks. Perhaps the most fun will be had smelling common scents as a shark would! School vacation Shark Week is free with regular museum admission -- adults $26, kids $19 [ages 3-17] and free for kids ages 2 and younger.

Photo courtesy Mystic Aquarium

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