The Newport Aquarium Has a New Baby Shark Doo Doo Doo Doo Doo Doo

You can even help name her!

click to enlarge Teeny, tiny baby shark - Photo: Provided by the Newport Aquarium
Photo: Provided by the Newport Aquarium
Teeny, tiny baby shark

What's better than the Discovery Channel's Shark Week? How about Shark Summer at the Newport Aquarium?

Shark Summer starts this Memorial Day weekend with an aquarium full of fun shark facts and shark-related exhibits, plus the chance to touch sharks, walk inches above them and watch them feed.  

But the biggest, little news is that the aquarium has welcomed a teeny, tiny addition to its watery ranks: a baby epaulette shark, born onsite, who will be on exhibit for the first time this summer — and guests will even have a chance to help name her. Eventually she will become an ambassador for her species, like her parents, via the WAVE Foundation's Wave on Wheels community outreach program. Until then, you can watch her grow in her home in the Seahorses gallery.

click to enlarge Shark Bridge - Photo: Provided by the Newport Aquarium
Photo: Provided by the Newport Aquarium
Shark Bridge

Summer hours are extended from 9 a.m.-7 p.m. daily starting May 25, which gives you more time to check out the 385,000-gallon Surrounded by Sharks exhibit, visit the shark nursery to see eggs in different stages of development, check out shark talks and dive shows in Shark Ray Bay Theater, watch biologists via the acrylic tunnels or Shark Tank Overlook as they feed the sharks, head to Shark Central to touch more than a dozen kelp forest sharks — from Japanese bullhead sharks to Leopard Catsharks, or cross the 75-foot-long Shark Bridge, suspended inches above two dozen sharks in an open tank. 

And from May 25-July 21, there's free admission for kids ages 2-12 after 4 p.m. Sunday-Friday with one full-priced adult.

The Newport Aquarium is located at Newport on the Levee. For more info, visit

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