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Shark Week fun on Long Island for families

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Capt. Charles Wade of Sea Turtle Dive Charters, based in Montauk, takes participants 20 miles off the coast of Long Island to brings them face-to-face with real, live sharks. Newsday spent a day above and below the water with Wade as he takes a group of novice divers into shark territory to see what he describes as a majestic animal. June 14, 2015 (Credit: Newsday / Jeffrey Basinger)

To kick off Discovery Channel's 28th annual Shark Week, some family-friendly places on Long Island are celebrating the beloved predator.

The Whaling Museum and Education Center (301 Main St., Cold Spring Harbor) will celebrate Shark Week starting Tuesday, July 7 through Friday, July 10 with a film about the science of sharks showing daily at 3 p.m. There will also be arts ands crafts. On Sunday, July 12, the museum will host SharkFest! at 1 p.m. Kids ages 5 to 12 can touch a Megalodon tooth, see a real shark jaw and excavate a shark fossil. Price: Free with museum admission ($6 adults, $5 children).

The Long Island Aquarium (431 E. Main St., Riverhead) will host its regularly scheduled shark talks and lectures with experts. Throughout the week of July 6, there will also be a shark scavenger hunt, shark-themed craft for kids, and shark dissections. The aquarium will also give away shark fin hats while supplies last. For pricing and more information, visit longislandaquarium.com.

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