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GEORGIA AQUARIUM CELEBRATES INTERNATIONAL WHALE SHARK DAY

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Dr. Guy Harvey joins a panel of experts at Science on Tap

ATLANTA (August 23, 2013) —Georgia Aquarium commemorates internationally acclaimed Whale Shark Day with a fun-filled weekend celebration beginning on Friday, Aug. 30 with a special appearance by Dr. Guy Harvey. The Aquarium’s Science on Tap lecture series will kick start the activities Friday evening from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. with the debut of Dr. Guy Harvey’s latest documentary, “Whale Sharks in the Yucatan: A Guy Harvey Expedition.”

Marine wildlife artist, Dr. Guy Harvey has a background as a marine biologist, diver, photographer and angler. The film highlights Dr. Guy Harvey’s encounter with whale sharks of Isla Mujeres during the spectacular feeding aggregation. George Schellenger, a two-time Emmy winning producer, will also co-host the lecture alongside Dr. Guy Harvey and Dr. Al Dove, director of research and conservation at Georgia Aquarium.

Science on Tap is a monthly evening gathering where guests can enjoy a complimentary beer or wine and hors d’oeuvres in the Aquarium’s Oceans Ballroom while listening to various first-hand experiences from experts about marine life.

The footage from Dr. Guy Harvey’s documentary closely relates to the Aquarium’s conservation mission. Over the years, the Aquarium has focused its research on the migration and feeding behaviors of whale sharks in the Yucatan through the use of satellite and tags. Research has shown the Yucatan is a significant place for hundreds of whale sharks to gather and feed on plankton and fish eggs. Recently, the Aquarium has placed more effort on the aerial survey to view the gathering of whale sharks relative to geographic features and distribution.

In addition to the lecture, the Aquarium is also giving away exclusive 4R (Rescue, Rehabilitation, Research and Responsibility) reusable shopping bags to the first 200 guests on Friday morning. The Whale Shark Weekend celebration will continue onto Saturday, Aug. 31, where guests will see the stretchers that brought the Aquarium’s whale sharks from Taiwan to Atlanta as well as learn about their eating habits. For more information regarding Whale Shark Weekend or Georgia Aquarium’s conservation efforts, visit georgiaaquarium.org or call 404-581-4000.

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