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Shark Days visits OMSI

By Laura Sams, Robert Sams, 27th April 2012

Last week we visited the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry with our traveling Shark Days event! OMSI is located near the heart of Portland and sits snuggly on the banks of the mighty Willamette River. With around 800,000 visitors each year, it is truly one of the largest science centers in the US. And for a major city that’s part of such a massive watershed, it was a wonderful opportunity to reach out to the community about the ocean’s top predators. What a great place to display our inflatable basking shark! Our film The Shark Riddle screened twice during the day and we performed for a crowd of nearly 400 people who all sang like sea lions played our game show Big or Small to celebrate the importance and diversity of sharks around the world. Our temporary shark tattoos were also a huge hit and adorned the hands of many a shark enthusiast that day. On a personal note, I am proud to live in a state that takes shark conservation seriously. In 2011, Oregon passed legislation that makes it illegal to possess, sell or distribute shark fins. Little by little, more states are doing the same, and together helping to curtail the supply for shark fin soup.

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