Gulf State Park

Shark Week 2020

Boy holding shark tooth
Scalloped Hammerhead Shark by NOAA swimming in blue water
Shark Week Photo class and facepainting
Blacktip Shark swimming through blue water

Welcome to Gulf State Park's 4th Annual Shark Week!

2020 has proven to be a trying year for everyone! Despite the many uncertainties of COVID-19, social distancing, and the renovations on Gulf State Park Pier, we wanted to continue to celebrate the unique marine wildlife of the Gulf of Mexico through a virtual Shark Week. For Shark Week (August 10 - 14) we will be partnering with other shark enthusiasts to bring you daily programs about sharks. Please visit each day as new programs will be added.

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August 10, 2020

  • Welcome to Shark Week 2020! This week, we will be sharing many different videos and educational information about Sharks. As you watch each video or explore the links, watch for key words and facts to be able to complete our Shark Week Scavenger Hunt. Submit the completed scavenger hunt by email to ( on Thursday (8/13) for a chance to win a special prize! 



  • There are many different kinds of sharks and rays found in the Gulf of Mexico. Many vary is size, shape, and location within the Gulf. Although there are more than 350 species of sharks world wide, at least 49 occur in the warm waters of the Gulf. Enjoy learning about the Sharks of the Gulf of Mexico in this short video.

Sharks of the Gulf of Mexico

  • Virtual Question Box 

  • Have you ever wondered about how sharks breathe? Or, how do they sleep? Email your questions about sharks to . We will consult with shark experts to do our best to answer them. 

What do you want to know about sharks?


  • I saw a fin! What is it? A Shark or Dolphin? They both live in the ocean, they are both large, gray and eat fish… Discover how do you tell if it is a shark or dolphin.

Shark or Dolphin


  • All About Sharks (A book by Jim Arnosky)  Sharks are one of the most ancient species, are found in all of the world’s oceans. Follow along with this story, All about Sharks by Jim Arnosky, that will teach you all about our fintastic ocean beasts.

All About Sharks

August 11, 2020

  • Want to know more about SHARKS? Did you know that there are nearly 100 different species of elasmobranchs (sharks, skates, and rays) found in our waters. Learn more from the Summer issue of the Gulf Coast Fisherman Newsletter!


  • Shark finning is a gruesome practice of cutting off the fins of living sharks and throwing the rest of the animal back into the sea. Become a Shark advocate and learn how finning harms our ocean friends.

Shark Finning


  • Plastic has become a part of our everyday lives. We eat on it, drink out of it, and use it to make many of our children’s toys. If plastic is not properly disposed of, it will eventually find its way into our water and will damage sensitive habitats and the wildlife that live there. The discarded plastic never decomposes, it only breaks down into small and smaller pieces and becomes impossible to clean up. You can help by reducing the amount of plastic you use. Recycle your plastic or use it to make wonderful art. Join the Swiger Studio to spread the word about plastic.

Invasion of Plastic


  • I Am A Shark (A book by Darlene R. Stille) - Enjoy learning about how hammerhead sharks live in the warm water of the world’s oceans.  They have many natural adaptations that help them to move through the water and hunt for their food.

I Am A Shark

August 12, 2020

  • Today, we are going to start off our morning with a very interesting video about one of the most common sharks found in the Gulf of Mexico, the Atlantic Sharpnose shark. In this video, by Mississippi State University Coastal Research & Extension Center Marine Fisheries Lab, we are going to get to learn about the Atlantic Sharpnose shark and watch as they dissect one to help us understand what makes sharks so successful as predators.

Atlantic Sharpnose Dissection by MSU Marine Fisheries Ecology Lab


  • Shark Week is always a fun time of the year! We are learning so much about sharks in the Gulf of Mexico. In this video, we wanted to take some time to answer some of the questions that were submitted to our "Virtual Question Box." If you have a question about sharks, please send it to We would love to hear from you and be able to answer your questions.

Shark Week Questions




  • Electroreception is the ability to detect natural electrical pulses produced as animals move. Learn how our finned predators of the high seas are able to use this extra special sense to detect their prey.

Electroreception and Sharks

August 13, 2020

  • Did you know that Shark’s do not have lungs? Watch this video to see how Shark’s get their oxygen in order to stay alive!

How Do Sharks Breathe?

  • Bottom Longline Virtual Field Trip – A bottom longline is a type of fishing gear that samples large fish living near the sea floor. Watch as the team from Mississippi State University Marine Fisheries Ecology Lab demonstrate how the bottom longline is prepared and set in the Gulf of Mexico.

Bottom Longline Virtual Field Trip

August 14, 2020

  • Sharks are some of the most misunderstood creatures in the world. Learn what is fact or fiction!

Sharks: Myth or Fact?


  • Did you know many aspects of ocean ecosytems rely on sharks? Learn all about the importance of sharks and why the Earth's oceans need them!

Sharks as a Keystone Species


  • Sharks are apex predators, so what causes shark populations to decline? Learn about the many threats sharks face on a daily basis in our "Threats to Sharks" video.

Threats to Sharks