Free Public Screening of Shark Week 2012 Special “Sharkzilla” at Aquarium of the Pacific

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Photo by U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service

Celebrating the 25th anniversary of the annual rite of summer, SHARK WEEK, Charter and Discovery Channel will team up to present a free screening of the anticipated “SHARKZILLA,” one of this year’s all-new Shark Week episodes. The celebration will begin at 6 p.m. on Saturday, August 11 at the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach, Calif. Free to the public, all attendees will get a special opportunity to dive into the Shark Week program before it premieres on Discovery Channel at 9 p.m. E/P on Monday, August 13.

Passersby beware: a Sharkzilla fin will circle through the Long Beach Harbor, giving a glimpse into the size of this prehistoric mega-monster, the Megalodon. John Tindall, Sharkzilla’s director and the designer and builder of the fin replica, will give attendees a bite of the action as he shares his experience in the creation of Sharkzilla.

In addition to the screening, there will be fun and games for all, including Shark Week-related activities for children, hourly raffles for a Shark Week beach pack giveaway and a prize wheel for the chance to win Shark Week-themed t-shirts, shark fin hats among other fin-tastic prizes.

Sharkzilla follows the resurrection of the largest shark to ever swim in our oceans: the Megalodon. Matching the size of a humpback whale, these sharks, now extinct, were 52 feet long and weighed 100,000 pounds. But unlike a humpback, Megalodons had 250 teeth, each six inches long, set in jaws six feet wide and eight feet tall. Sharkzilla follows a crew as they come together to design and build the largest shark ever to live on the planet. With massive hydraulic jaws that will snap shut with enough force to bite through a car, Discovery enlisted the help of MYTHBUSTERS’ Kari Byron, Grant Imahara and Tori Belleci to put these chompers to the test.

Discovery Channel’s Shark Week, celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, kicks off on Sunday, August 12 at 9 p.m. E/P.

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