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Shark lovers gathered at Brewster Street Ice House for the third annual "Shark Week Live"

Posted at 10:56 PM, Jul 30, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-31 00:01:58-04

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — Thousands of fans of Shark Week made their way to Brewster Street Ice House in downtown Corpus Christi for the third annual "Shark Week Live" viewing party.

The event was hosted by the Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi.

This was not only to see the sharks but also to educate the public about sea life.

All from getting information about how big different sharks can get, to even seeing how sharp is a shark’s tooth.

Marine life professionals answered questions and even explained how they can track a tagged shark with the help of software.

“We bring them alongside the vessel were we implant this nice little satellite tag and so that tag allows us to track these sharks anywhere in the world, and that information allows us to see migration quarters, tell where these sharks go if and when they leave the Gulf of Mexico,” says Kesley Gibson with Harte Research Institute.

Folks of all ages were glued to the big screen to tune into an episode of Shark Week.

Here in the Coastal Bend fishing is a popular past time.

But members with the Harte Research Institute say if you ever catch a shark to always handle it with care and place it back in the waters.

“We just ask to release it gently do not kill that shark, we need every shark that we have in the ocean they play an important role in the eco-system and we want them to be there for a long long time,” says Director of the Harte Research Institute TAMUCC Dr. Larry McKinney.

Leaders with the Harte Research Institute also say they hope to see more people next year.