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Shark Week fun on Long Island for families


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

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