It’s SHARKFEST! time at the Calvert Marine Museum; mark your calendars for Saturday, July 9 from 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. This annual event focusing on everything shark is taking a new fresh attack. Replacing the live Sharkpoole is the SHARKCAGE, used in the incredible underwater photography of internationally known shark photographer, Nick Caloyianis and his daring diving partner, Clarita Berger. The SHARKCAGE is all that stands between the photographer and his dangerous target, and it bears the scars of an attack by a Great White Shark to prove it. Museum admission required for non-members, free for members.

Don’t miss the chance to get a picture in the SHARKCAGE ($2 fee), have your photo taken in the enormous jaws of a Giant Megalodon shark skeleton, row a shark boat, or slide down the jaws of an incredible slide. The day will include fish face painting ($5 fee), a hands-on fossil exploration area, shark crafts, amazing fossil displays by the Fossil Club, and shark mural painting with the Color and Light Society.

Throughout the museum, see SHARKFACT Stations where visitors can learn about what sharks eat, where they live, what their skin feels like, how their teeth work, why there are so many fossilized teeth on our beaches, and more. See a shark dissected and learn what makes it such an effective predator. For the first time, the museum’s private collection of modern shark jaws will be on display along with our fossilized poop.

Nick Caloyianis and Clarita Berger have photographed sharks around the world and visitors will have an opportunity to see amazing vivid images and talk with the duo in the auditorium at 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. Imagine what it’s like to be in the waters with a Great White Shark off the coast of South Africa, or a Greenland Shark living in the Arctic Ocean. The Shark Handbook: The Essential Guide for Understanding the Sharks of the World, the Museum Store’s most popular shark book, includes the many photographs taken by Caloyianis. See the mesh diving suit, and other equipment essential to surviving such dangerous work on display in the lobby. Book signing will follow the talks, so pre-purchase and avoid the lines!

In the auditorium throughout the day is the SHARK FRENZY FILM FEST. See special showings of The Ultimate Guide to Sharks, filmed by Nick Caloyianis; The Fox and the Shark, by Rodney Fox who was attacked by a Great White Shark in 1963 and subsequently became a conservationist for these amazing creatures; and Blue Water, White Death, the documentary that inspired “Jaws.” In this ground-breaking film, Peter Gimbel and a team of photographers set out on an expedition to find and film, for the very first time, Carcharodon carcharias….The Great White Shark; and finally enjoy an advance preview from Discovery Channel’s upcoming Shark Week.

SHARKFEST! is sponsored by Holiday Inn Solomons and Fantasy World. Papa John’s Pizza, Maggie Moo’s Ice Cream, along with funnel cakes, French fries, and other desserts will be for sale on the grounds. Strollers will not be allowed inside the museum, but a secure area will be designated outside.

For more information on SHARKFEST!, please contact Melissa McCormick at mccormmj@co.cal.md.us, or visit the website at www.calvertmarinemuseum.com.

Photo credits: Sharkcage courtesy of Peter Lake

Shark Handbook 1 and 2 courtesy of Nick Caloyianis

Shark Slide is photo provided by Fantasy World

The museum is open daily from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Admission is $7.00 for adults, $6.00 for seniors and military with valid I.D., and $2.00 for children ages 5 – 12; children under 5 and museum members are always admitted free. For more information about the museum, upcoming events, or membership, visit the website at www.calvertmarinemuseum.com or call 410-326-2042. Become a fan on Facebook.

Contact:

Traci Cimini

Development/Public Relations

Calvert Marine Museum Society

P.O. Box 97, Solomons, MD 20688

410/326-2042 x17 Fax: 410/326-4175

www.calvertmarinemuseum.com

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