Win a Shark School pass

Auckland City Harbour News - - News -

Sharks are try­ing to shake their blood­thirsty rep­u­ta­tion at Kelly Tarl­ton’s dur­ing the school hol­i­days.

Kids visit­ing the Shark School will learn lit­tle­known facts about the crea­tures.

Each year about 100 mil­lion sharks are killed by hu­mans, while on av­er­age eight peo­ple die from shark at­tacks.

Marine bi­ol­o­gist and show cu­ra­tor Andrew Christie says he hopes chil­dren will learn to look past the shark’s fear­some rep­u­ta­tion.

“Very few peo­ple re­alise sharks are ac­tu­ally the ones in dan­ger,” he says.

“Our hope is if kids get fas­ci­nated about sharks, they’ll be more likely to stand up for them.”

At­trac­tions in­clude watch­ing baby sharks as they grow and de­velop inside car­pet shark eggs.

Kids can a closer look at shark skin un­der a mi­cro­scope, in­ter­act with a life-sized ro­botic head of a great white, and see sharks swim­ming in the one mil­lion litre tank.

Story and song ses­sions will also be held four times a day.

“Hope­fully ev­ery­one who goes through will learn more about what makes sharks so spe­cial,” Mr Christie says.

School hol­i­day ses­sions run un­til May 4 from 9am to 5pm. Nor­mal ad­mis­sion prices ap­ply.

The Auck­land City Har­bour News has a fam­ily pack to give away, in­clud­ing mer­chan­dise and passes to the Shark School, val­ued at $100.

To en­ter, write your name, ad­dress and day­time phone num­ber on the back of an en­ve­lope and post to:

Shark School, Private Bag 56910, Do­min­ion Rd, Mt Eden.

En­tries must be re­ceived by April 29.

Shark class: Kids can learn there’s more to sharks than big teeth at Kelly Tarl­ton’s.

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