SharkCon is an event that brings those who love the ocean together for a weekend of education and the fun of a Comic Con. SharkCon has something for everyone who loves the ocean. We have a huge interactive exhibit from our presenting sponsor The Florida Aquarium which includes games, trivia, and more. Busch Gardens is bringing an exhibit with touch tanks, games, conservation information, shark, facts and information. The Clearwater Aquarium is bringing an exhibit that will teach you about marine mammal rescue and they will have touch tanks. The 22 foot shark slide will be back and the pirate ship and octopus bounce house. The Go Dive Now Pool will be back to give those who have never tried scuba a chance to check it out. Florida Fish and Wildlife will be back with their hands on shark and ray identification. There will be tons of different activities for your kids through our nonprofit partners like Sharks4Kids, Tampa Bay Watch, Oceana, Shark Research Institute and Shark Angels. Capt YAK will be teaching kayaking techniques. Over all there will be over 30 activities all completely FREE. There are speakers this year from Shark Week, National Geographic and Animal Planet including Mikki McComb-Kobza, Emma Cassagrande, Liz Parkinson, Cristina Zenato, Paul Clerkin and members of the cast of SpongeBob Squarepants. Everything listed above is included in the price of admission. We also have over 100 booths of vendors that are shark, ocean, art, scuba, watersports, and our sponsors. We have two vendors the shark ride and shark photo booth which are an additional charge. Parking at the Florida State Fairgrounds is $6.
The goal behind SharkCon is to raise awareness for ocean conservation by bringing in the general public and ocean enthusiast together to inspire a love of the ocean with general public through interactions with experts and exhibits and enthusiasts. For enthusiast, it will be an annual experience where they can celebrate their love of the ocean in a fun environment and a chance for them to hear their hero’s speak. We want both groups to then go forth and make a positive change for the health of our oceans. Through this we hope to raise money for the conservation efforts of our partners. We know this two pronged approach can ensure the health of the oceans for generations for those of us who love and want to protect them.
Past Speakers include: Sylvia Earle, Wendy Benchley, Chris Fischer and Brett McBride from OCEARCH, Paul Watson, Richard Dreyfuss (jaws), Ian Ziering (Sharknado), Ken Kiefer, Tanya Houpperman, Steve Alten, Robert Hueter, Mark Simmons, Jose Castro, Julie Andersen, Sean and Brooks Paxton (Shark Brothers), Derek Burkholder, Annette Robertson, Mick Foley, Stuart Cove, Joseph Dituri, and more.
Shark-Con, an event dedicated to raising awareness about shark and ocean conservation,
will take place at the Florida Fair Grounds, Tampa on July 13 & 14, 2019.
Tickets can be purchased for $19.95 for a single day adult pass, $24.95 for a two-day adult pass, $4.95 for a one-day child pass or $7.50 for a two-day child pass (Children ages 13 and under).
Shark-Con, an event dedicated to raising awareness about shark and ocean conservation, will take place at the Florida Fair Grounds, Tampa on July 13 & 14, 2019.