Sharks are impressive creatures that have fascinated people for ages, though they're often misunderstood due to Hollywood films like Jaws. Did you know sharks have been around for 400 million years and there are actually 450 different species of sharks? You can learn all about them and watch the predators chomp in action at the Sandoway Discovery Center public feedings.
Every Tuesday- Saturday at 10:30 a.m. and Sundays at 1:30 p.m., sharks and rays at the center are fed, which makes for a super cool show. The center has resident nurse sharks, cownose rays and bat rays. Their exhibits are creative, educational and often interactive. It's only $5 to enter and kids can participate in "Junior Shark Biologist" classes for free. Check out the Sandoway site for more info.
Did You Know? Shark Facts:
- Sharks are apart of the Elasmobranchii subspecies along with rays, skates and sawfish. This species is different than fish because their skeletons are made of cartilage and they have gill slits, rather than gills that are covered by a flap (called operculum).
- The largest shark is the whale shark which can reach up to 32 feet in length and the smallest shark is called a dwarf lantern shark which is only 8 inches fully grown.
- Sharks have teeth-like scales called dermal denticles that feel like very rough sandpaper.
- Sharks have a few hundred teeth in their mouth at any given time. They can go through 35,000 teeth in their lifetime.
- Depending on the species, sharks can live between 15- 100 years.
Visit the Sandoway Discovery Center at: 142 S. Ocean Blvd., Delray Beach. 561-274-7263.