My name is Domino, and I’m a whale shark at Georgia Aquarium!

I may be biased, but I think that whale sharks are the coolest animals on the planet, so I hope that you will celebrate with us on International Whale Shark Day.

Whale sharks are the largest fish in the world, but don’t let our size fool you, we’re gentle giants. We’re filter feeders and eat small fish and other small animals. Even though our mouths can be up to four feet wide (1.2m), our throats are only about an inch or two (2.5 – 5 cm) wide!

Unfortunately, things are getting challenging for us whale sharks in our natural habitat. There’s now more trash and plastics in the ocean and it can get caught in our mouths when we’re trying to eat. Our populations have been declining fast. We’ve gone from being classified as “Vulnerable” to “Endangered” by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature.

The problem is that a lot of people don’t know about whale sharks and how much help we need. That’s where you come in! Learn about whale sharks and participate in fun activities on Wednesday, August 30 from 10:30am – 2:30pm.

10:30am: Narrated whale shark feeding at the theater window in Ocean Voyager Built by The Home Depot

11:30am-2:30pm: Fun and educational whale shark activities in the Atrium  

  • Whale Shark Plinko Trivia Game
  • Pin the Satellite Tag on the Whale Shark
  • How your Thumbprint is like a Whale Shark’s Spots
  • Photo opportunities with Domino, Georgia Aquarium’s whale shark mascot
  • Sign a Pledge Bookmark with a seeded “Earth” that you can plant at home

Event: Owen's Lemonade Stand
Date & Time: August 30, 12:00pm - 2:00pm
Location: Atrium
Owen's Bio: Whale sharks are an endangered species, and organizations around the world are working together to raise awareness and stand up for these gentle giants. However, one little boy from California is taking a stand in his own way – by hosting a lemonade stand. Nine-year-old Owen has been fascinated by sharks since he was two years old, but his love for whale sharks really began when he was in second grade. Since then, he has been hosting a lemonade stand in front of his house once a month, setting himself a goal of raising $25 to donate to whale shark conservation. This young whale shark ambassador has surpassed that goal, and has raised more than $275 for this endangered species – even when he’s never seen one. As the only Aquarium in the western hemisphere to have whale sharks, Georgia Aquarium knew they had to change that. Join Owen at Georgia Aquarium for International Whale Shark Day on August 30 where he will be hosting a lemonade stand. The lemonade is Owen’s original recipe, and was graciously donated by Restaurant Associates. All of the profits will be donated to the Marine Megafauna Foundation for whale shark research and conservation efforts.

Unable to attend the event, but still want to donate? Visit and support Owen’s Lemonade Stand online.

Learn more about Owen on our blog, and follow along on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram as we Stand up for Whale Sharks.

Want to make Owen's Lemonade at home? Click here to see his recipe!

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