Sharks are awesome — and so is the science that helps us understand them! Join us for the fourth annual Shark Days at Mote: Real Sharks, Real Science. From July 25-28, Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium will feature an array of family events and activities centered around these amazing animals.

Event program:

vineyard vines’ Shop and Support event
vineyard vines and Mote invite you to save the ocean in style with a Shop and Support event from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. on July 25. More than 21 store locations across the Florida and South Atlantic region will be donating 20 percent of their in-store proceeds on July 25 to Mote to support its mission to conduct today’s research for tomorrow’s oceans.

12-1 p.m. Wednesday, July 25: Shark Days livestream with Mote and OCEARCH

This live, two-way interactive, online program focuses on shark research at Mote Marine Laboratory. Participants will learn how and why Mote studies these animals, discover why sharks are important to ocean ecosystems and learn what humans can do to help conserve and protect sharks. Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions and get answers from Dr. Bob Hueter, Director of the Center for Shark Research at Mote,and Chris Fischer, Founding Chairman and Expedition Leader from OCEARCH. Additional experts may be available to discuss the innovative technology and research available on the M/V OCEARCH.

11 a.m.-1 p.m. Thursday, July 26: Sharks and Crafts

Kids can explore their creative side through hands-on, marine-themed crafts. More information to come!

6 p.m. Thursday, July 26: Sharks, Tales and Ales

Enjoy conversations with local experts about sharks and related fishes, while sharing a drink with your friends.

Speakers and location data will be available soon.

10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, July 28: Fins and Fun Family Festival

Shark Days will culminate with a Fins and Fun Family Festival where Mote’s education department and nonprofit exhibitors will lead fun activities to teach people of all ages about the importance of sharks in our oceans. Guests can meet Mote’s mascot, Gilly the Shark, enjoy treats from Kona Ice and groove tomusic provided by EveryOneRocks.