27th May - 11th June
Scarborough Sea Life Centre will be taking to the North Bay to educate the public on the most misunderstood creature on the planet… the shark. The centre is running daily Shark Expert beach talks in support of its Shark Weeks event – beginning Saturday, May 27th until Sunday, June 11th.
“There are a vast amount of incredible shark species that live within our local coastal waters and post minimal threat to human life,” said curator Lyndsey Crawford-Darwell. “Our plan is to take to the beach to give free and fun educational talks on some of the amazing things you can find right on your doorstep.
“We’ll be examining mermaid’s purses which are now rare to find on Scarborough beaches despite once being common. Mermaid’s purses are egg shells that once contained Shark eggs from local species such as the Lesser Spotted Dogfish and the Bull Huss Shark.”
The Centre will also be discussing the importance of shark conservation during the Shark Weeks event and asking the public for support by signing their shark pledges. Tens of millions of sharks are killed annually as by-catch or for shark fin soup and many species are teetering on the brink of oblivion.
“The finning industry in particular needs to be stopped,” said Lyndsey. “The act of cutting off the sharks fin and casting the live body back into the ocean is horrifying and leads to the shark being eaten by other fish or drowning”.
The Centre’s daily Shark Expert beach talks are free to attend for all and will take place on the North Bay beach at 1.30pm. Attendees to the talks can look forward to getting hands-on with shark eggs alongside taking home their very own shark tooth. Discounted entry to the Shark Weeks event at the Centre will also be provided for guests who attend the daily talks.