What: Public shark feeding and encounter
When:During open hours. Check the Central Coast Aquarium’s most up-to-date exploration hours on their website.
Reservation Required: No advance reservation is required, however Aquarium admission tickets apply and the tour is limited to 20 people.
Visit the shark tank during feeding time and find out what it feels like to touch a shark at the Central Coast Aquarium in Avila Beach for an unforgettable experience and a peek at the underwater world of sharks.
Visitors learn about local shark species while watching them interact with each other and feed. Central Coast Aquarium exhibits feature local species of sharks, including the Horn Shark, which has horns that grow out of its back, the Swell Shark, that can swallow water and swell up to avoid predators, and the Grey Smooth-Hound Shark, a sleek and powerful hunter.
On exhibit, the Aquarium also has rays that are close relatives to sharks; they scoot along the sandy bottom of the ocean vacuuming up food as they go. Knowledgeable and well trained volunteers provide interesting shark and ray facts during the feeding tour. After the tour, the whole family is invited to experience the popular shark touching with the gentle Swell Sharks, and learn even more about these magnificent and misunderstood creatures of the deep. As a stewardship traveler you’ll discover ways you can impact these magnificent creatures.