Sea Research Foundation
Log Number: MA-10-19-0330-19
Mystic Aquarium will develop, fabricate, and implement “Shark Encounter,” an interactive, multimedia, and fully-accessible exhibit and programming experience focused on sharks and shark conservation. Aquarium staff will partner with experts and stakeholders on the project. Exhibit elements will include a live shark “touch pool” and digital touchscreen interactives. Through the exhibit, audiences will learn more about sharks, the scientists who study them, current threats facing sharks, and how to support shark conservation. A swimming sharks video projection will provide a virtual underwater experience for visitors. The museum will also produce education and outreach kits with hands-on materials for use by exhibit interpreters as well as onsite and offsite educators. Public education events during Shark Week in 2020 and 2021 will complement the exhibit and engage audiences in the importance of shark conservation.