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Please join us for our lecture series, featuring world-class scientists and modern day marine adventurers. The Evening Tide Talks series at The Florida Aquarium is presented by Wells Fargo, and the Tampa Bay Arts and Education Network is the media partner for Evening Tide Talks.
Wednesday, March 22, 2017
COMPLIMENTARY RECEPTION: 5:45 P.M.
FEATURED PRESENTATION: 6:15 P.M.
Dr. Kathy Heym, Director of Animal Health at The Florida Aquarium
Saving the Ocean’s Tigers: Shark Conservation at The Florida Aquarium
Global shark populations are declining due to environmental and human-related impacts. Sand tiger sharks are particularly vulnerable due to their slow rate of maturity and low fecundity rate. The Florida Aquarium has activated a network of partners focused on creating sustainable populations of sand tiger sharks in managed care as well as protecting wild populations by utilizing expertise of veterinarians and animal care specialists that work with these large apex predators every day.
As a young budding veterinarian and a SCUBA diver with a fascination for the ocean, Dr. Kathy has been fortunate to find a career that blends both passions. She graduated from the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Veterinary Medicine in 2004 and has since been working in the field of aquatic animal medicine. Prior to The Florida Aquarium, she was a staff veterinarian at Sea World Orlando and a diagnostician and research veterinarian in the ornamental aquaculture industry at University of Florida’s Tropical Aquaculture Lab. With an “exam room” that is often underwater, patients have varied from neon tetras to beluga whales and everything in between! She has been a part of the Aquarium’s conservation initiatives for over a decade and finds it rewarding to apply her credentials to efforts that directly and positively impact wild populations.
From building positive relationships with the Florida Aquarium’s sharks to field efforts to assess and tag wild sand tiger sharks, come learn how we hope to save this ecologically important marine species.
Are there ID requirements or an age limit to enter the event?
There is no age limit, however most of our Tide Talks tend to be geared toward an adult audience unless otherwise specificed. Complimentary wine & beer is provided to those 21 and older only- please bring ID as it will be checked by a team member.
What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?
Free parking is offered in the Florida Aquarium parking lot
Where can I contact the organizer with any questions?
For questions and information, please call (813) 273-4015
Can I update my registration information?
Yes, please update any guest number changes or cancellations to your reservation as soon as possible prior to the event.
Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?
A printied ticket is not required. Please check in at the Main Entrance to the Aquarium when you arrive and those that have RSVPed will be let in at 5:45 PM.