Aquarium Calls Shark-Tastic Young Artists

Thursday, 02 October 2008

Take a bite of the action and celebrate European Shark Week at Deep Sea World from October 11 – 19, as staff plan a raft of fang-tastic activities to coincide with the annual event.

Building on the success of 2007, this is the second year that European Shark Week is taking place, offering a unique opportunity for people across Europe to demonstrate their support for shark conservation. Deep Sea World is one of many aquariums and dive clubs across the UK hosting a shark related event.

In the run-up to Shark Week, aquarium staff are also encouraging Scottish school children to put pen to paper and create their own artistic interpretation of a shark. The winner can look forward to seeing their artwork printed on limited edition Deep Sea World stationery, which will be available to purchase from the shop, as well as win a visit to the aquarium for their whole class.

During Shark Week the aquarium’s experts will be on hand to answer questions and demonstrate the equipment that is used during shark dives. Visitors will be able to take part in a fun and informative shark trail and watch the ‘Maneaters or misunderstood’ DVD which shows astonishing footage of sharks in the wild. Visitors will also have the opportunity to sign conservation petitions to help ensure that these magnificent creatures are conserved for future generations.

Rebecca Zeigler, marketing manager at Deep Sea World, said: ‘At Deep Sea World, we feel very strongly about the conservation of all types of marine life and maintenance of their environment. This week is all about taking a fun and interactive look at conservation by encouraging children to get creative. With our art competition we hope to educate and inspire them as to the importance of looking after the world’s sharks.

‘We hope that many school children will get involved, as there are fabulous prizes up for grabs, both for the individual winner and his or her classmates.’

The winner will be decided on Friday 24th October.

Deep Sea World, Scotland’s national aquarium, is located in North Queensferry, underneath the famous Forth Rail Bridge, and houses the world’s longest walk-through underwater tunnel, home to one of Europe’s largest collections of sand tiger sharks, as well as over 2,000 other fish including conger eels and rays.

Top five facts on Great White Sharks

  1. A litter of sharks usually consist of 7 – 9 pups
  2. Females can only reproduce twice in their lifetime
  3. They have an expected life span of around 30 years
  4. They can grown between 12ft – 20ft
  5. They can reach up to speeds of 40km/h (25mph)

To download and print off a competition entry form, visit


Editor’s notes:

  • Deep Sea World is located at Battery Quarry, North Queensferry, Fife, KY11 1JR Tel: 01383 411880; website:
  • Tickets for Deep Sea World are now available to purchase on line
  • Opening hours:
    Weekdays: - June: 10am – 5pm (last entry 4pm)
    Weekdays: - July to August: 10:00am - 6:00pm (last entry 5.00pm)
    Weekdays: - September to March: 10.00am - 5.00pm (last entry 4.00pm)
    Weekends & Public Holidays: 10.00am - 6.00pm (last entry 5.00pm)