Watch Shark Week LIVE with HRI Shark Researchers July 24th at Brewster Street Ice House
CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — Do you love Discovery Channel’s Shark Week? The Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies (HRI) at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi invites you to dive deeper into the science behind the summer spectacle and watch Shark Week live with our real shark researchers!
“Shark Week Live” will be held from 6-9 p.m. Tuesday, July 24 at Brewster Street Ice House, 1724 N Tancahua St., Corpus Christi. Admission is free and open to the public.
A special meet and greet with our shark researchers and shark-tagging demonstrations will begin at 6 p.m., including interactive booths where you can check out HRI’s shark science gear and learn to identify, tag and track real sharks in the Gulf of Mexico. Shark Week programming will begin at 7 p.m. There will be also be a Q&A with HRI scientists, special menu items and shark-themed giveaways for kids and adults throughout the night.
Researchers from HRI’s Center for Sportfish Science and Conservation have filmed five specials for Shark Week featuring its work tagging and tracking sharks off the beaches and on artificial reefs in the Gulf of Mexico, especially the elusive Mako shark. Episode stars, including HRI Endowed Chair for Fisheries and Ocean Health and Sportfish Center Director Dr. Greg Stunz, will be on hand to talk about this work, how it helps us to better understand the behavior of sharks in the Gulf, and what it’s like filming for Shark Week.
The Center for Sportfish Science and Conservation is home to the largest shark-tagging program in the western Gulf of Mexico and has tagged more than 5,000 sharks with the help of volunteer anglers. Sportfish Center researchers use the latest in wildlife tracking technology, including satellite tags that allow for the real-time tracking of sharks. With online mapping tools provided by the nonprofit OCEARCH, everyone can follow the movement of these sharks online at OCEARCH.org or by downloading the Shark Tracker app for iOS or Android.