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Animal Encounters

Shark Encounters

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be in the water with a shark? Find out by booking a Shark Encounter! Pull on waders, stand on the diver’s platform of our 300,000-gallon shark habitat, and meet our Zebra shark up close. One of our saltwater aquarists will be in the water with you to answer any questions you have and show you how they train, condition, and feed our sharks. Zebra sharks are docile and slow-moving.

Guests must be at least 48″ tall to participate in a Shark Encounter. Guests under 14 years old must have a chaperone who is at least 18 years old present. Chaperones are only permitted to view the shark habitat if they purchased an Observation Only Shark Encounter ticket OR a Shark Encounter ticket.

*Aquarium Admission ticket is also required with a Shark Encounter Ticket

12:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays
Guests are encouraged to arrive early.

Limit two people per in-water experience.

Regular: $124.95 Per Person

Member: $99.95 Per Person

Observation-Only Shark Encounter

Go behind-the-scenes and observe the Shark Encounter from the Shark Deck (not an in-water experience).

12:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays
Guests are encouraged to arrive early.

Limit eight guests may observe the encounter.

Regular: $49.95 per person*

Member: $39.95 per Member*

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Penguin Encounters

If you’re looking for a one-of-a-kind experience during your Aquarium visit, try a Penguin Encounter! Meeting our 21 Gentoo penguins up close is truly a unique and fun adventure. First, you’ll participate in fun activities while learning all about Gentoo penguins – where they are from, what they eat, their adaptations for survival in a Antarctic habitat, and more – in an educational setting. Then, you and a small group will suit up in Penguin Encounter parkas and go behind the scenes to meet our playful penguins up close. The penguins will waddle into the Penguin Encounter room from their habitat, and you’ll have the opportunity to feed them capelin. The entire Penguin Encounter lasts approximately 50 minutes, allowing you plenty of time with our penguins, getting to know their individual personalities.

Participating children must be at least 5 years old. Children under the age of 14 must be accompanied by a ticketed adult.

*Aquarium Admission ticket is also required with a Penguin Encounter Ticket

1:00 p.m. Thursday-Tuesday
Guests are encouraged to arrive early.

Limit 10 people per encounter

Regular: $24.95 Per Person

Member: $19.95 Per Person

For questions about booking call 801-355-3474 ext. 222

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Stingray Encounters

Get up close with stingrays in the Ocean Explorer habitat touch pool and interact with them just like our animal care team! Stingray Encounters last about 20 minutes. Guests are invited to feed a variety of stingrays and fish, and learn about their unique adaptations and dietary needs.

Guests must be at least 48” tall to participate in a Stingray Encounter or stand in the feeding area. Guests under 14 years old must have a chaperone present at the touch pool. Chaperones are only permitted in the feeding area if they purchased a Stingray Encounter ticket.

*Aquarium Admission ticket is also required with a feed the Stingrays ticket

11:30 a.m. Every day
Guests are encouraged to arrive early.

Limit 10 people per experience

Regular: $6.95 Per Person

Member: $5.95 Per Person

For questions about booking call 801-355-3474 ext. 222

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