Sharks of Alcatraz

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When Alcatraz opened in 1934, rumors spread throughout the prisoners that there were sharks swarming around in the surrounding blue waters. To this day, many are still concerned about their safety out in San Francisco Bay.

The truth is, life is teaming below the surface of the San Francisco Bay waters. When you visit Aquarium of the Bay, you will get up close and personal with the Sharks of Alcatraz. Venture through underwater tunnels to surround yourself with sharks and 20,000 other animals; listen to exciting shark presentations given by shark experts; play at interactive stations where you can touch actual shark teeth; and learn everything you need to know about the Sharks of Alcatraz.




Shark-tivities:

Feed the Sharks Tour

 
Get in on the action and feed a bucket of fish to the sharks, rays, and other fish that live in our Sharks of Alcatraz tunnel:  Tues, Thurs, & Sun at 2:30 pm.


Shark Touchpool
 

Enjoy the priceless experience of touching leopard sharks in the Aquarium’s touchpools in Touch the Bay. 
Shark Station
 

Before you head down to our underwater tunnels, visit our shark expert Naturalists at the Shark Station, featuring real shark jaws, shark activities, and shark trivia, and more.
 

 

Jaw-some Presentations:

Sevengill Shark Feeding
 

Watch as our divers feed the Bay’s largest predators – sevengill sharks – in the Sharks of Alcatraz tunnel.

Time: 11:15 am
Dates: Tuesday, Saturday
Shark and Ray Feeding


Watch sharks devour their food and bat rays much with their special jaws in our first touchpool. Learn how and what these animals eat as our trained Naturalists feed them lunch. 

Time: 12:30 pm, 4:15 pm 
Dates: Daily
Sharks of Alcatraz


Learn how sharks have adapted to become the ocean’s most diverse, yet misunderstood, top predators.

Time: 11:15 am
Dates: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Sunday

Time: 1:30 pm, 3:30pm
Dates: Daily
 
Tunnel Feeding
 

Watch and learn how we feed thousands of fish, sharks, and rays in our Sharks of Alcatraz tunnel.

Time: 3:00 pm 
Dates: Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday



 
The Laws of Jaws
 

Find out whose jaws rule in the kelp forest food web, and how their position as a top predator keeps the rest of the food web in check

Time: 4:15 pm 
Dates: Daily
 

 
 





 
See our complete schedule of daily presentations.

 

 


Meet Your Sharks of Alcatraz

Angel Shark

Males grow up to 4.5 feet (1.3 meter), females grow up to 5 feet (1.5 meters); lives in the eastern Pacific Ocean from southeastern Alaska to the Gulf of California and Costa Rica to southern Chile.

Fun fact: Aquarium of the Bay is the only aquarium where angel sharks are known to have successfully reproduced.

Where you can see them: Nearshore Tunnel/Under the Bay

Horn Shark

Males grow up to 3.2 feet (1 meter), females grow up to 4 feet (1.2 meters); they live in temperate and subtropical waters from central California to Baja Mexico.

Fun fact: Females lay spiral egg cases, which they wedge into crevices.

Where you can see them: Nearshore Tunnel/Under the Bay

Leopard Shark

Males grow up to 4 feet (1.2 meters), females grow up to 5 feet (1.5 meters); they live in the Eastern Pacific Ocean from Oregon to Baja Mexico.

Fun fact: Leopard shark pregnancy lasts 10-12 months and can produce 4-33 pups. 

Where you can see them: Nearshore Tunnel/Under the Bay

Sevengill Shark

Males grow up to 6.5 feet (2 meters), females grow up to 9.5 feet (2.9 meters); they live in coastal regions and along the continental shelf.

Fun fact: They sometimes hunt in groups, with individual sharks working together to capture larger prey. 

Where you can see them: Nearshore Tunnel/Under the Bay

White Shark

Males grow up to 15 feet (4.5 meters), females grow up to 20 feet (6  meters); they live in temperate waters around the world (10°-21°C, 50-69.8°F).

Fun fact: They lift their heads above the water to observe their surroundings—a behavior called spy-hopping.

Where you can see them: White sharks can typically be spotted along the California coast from late summer to early winter, also known as “Sharktober.” 

Ready to meet the Sharks of Alcatraz?