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Sharks - Inside and out


Get a close look at a 2.5 metre Sevengill Shark!  

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During Conservation Week join marine scientists to find out more about sharks, their role in the ecosystem and why they should be protected.

Sevengill Sharks can grow up to 3 metres in length, but average about 1.5 metres. They are common in the Otago Harbour especially in the summer months. One theory is that they come into the Harbour to pup. Normally they pose no threat to humans. However, like any creature, they may be aggressive if provoked and can thrash around when caught. 

A large Sevengill Shark was found dead on a local beach late last year and everyone booking places for the Conservation Week shark programmes will get to have a close look at it.

The NZ Marine Studies Centre are offering two programmes to suit different levels of interest.

Book and pay online. Numbers are strictly limited.

Sharks - Inside and Out

Saturday 15 September,  10-11.30am, 12.30-2pm or 3-4.30pm

Participants will get a closer look at sharks from the inside out, helping to dissect a small shark to see what happens to food as it travels through its gut and examining the way it moves, breathes, reproduces and senses its environment. You will also see and touch the 2.5 metre Sevengill Shark.

Recommended for adults and children over 5 years.  Adults $15, Children $10
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Sevengill Shark Dissection

Sunday 16 September, 2-5pm

A limited number of places will be available for the scientific dissection of the 2.5 metre Sevengill Shark which was washed up on Allans Beach on the Otago Peninsula in 2017 and retrieved by the NZ Marine Studies Centre to be used for research and education. This is a unique opportunity to find out more about these special marine predators.

Please note that as this dissection takes place in an outdoor location (partially covered), participants need to dress warmly in wind-proof clothing, and it is unsuitable for younger children.

Recommended for 12 years and up.  $30 per person
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Date Saturday, 15 September 2018 - Sunday, 16 September 2018
Time 10:30am - 5:00pm
Audience Public
Event Category Sciences
DepartmentMarine Science
LocationNZ Marine Studies Centre
185 Hatrchery Road
Dunedin 9014
CostBook and pay online:

Sharks - Inside and Out Workshops: Adults $15, Children $10
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Sevengill Shark Dissection: $30 per person
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Bookings are non-refundable, but in the event of someone being unable to attend, the booking is transferable. Please phone the Marine Studies Centre to advise change of name.
Contact NameFor more information contact the New Zealand Marine Studies Centre
Contact Phone+64 3 479 5826

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