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Beer Fundraiser to Benefit Shark Research

A sand tiger shark is shown up close at the North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores. Photo: Scott Taylor

MOREHEAD CITY – Sip on a pint while helping raise money for sand tiger shark research and conservation during Suds for Sharks 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at the Crystal Coast Brewing Co., 702 Arendell St.

The North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores and the brewing company are hosting the free, family-friendly event to bring awareness to the importance of shipwrecks off the coast of North Carolina, as essential habitat for sand tiger sharks, according to the press release.

There will be a silent auction for shark-themed items, with all donations marked for local sand tiger research and conservation. The brewery will also unveil a new beer crafted for the event, and $1 from every beer sold will go toward shark conservation. Dank Burrito’s food truck will be on site for the event.

“The robust sand tiger shark population off the North Carolina coast provides valuable opportunities to study this species locally and gain knowledge that might support sustainable populations globally,” said Hap Fatzinger, Aquarium director, in a statement. Adding that even though there may be an abundance of this species found off the North Carolina coast, more people need to be aware that northwest Atlantic and global populations still need help.

During the event, two speakers that have worked with sand tiger sharks will share their experiences.

Avery Paxton, a scientist with South-East Zoo Alliance for Reproduction and Conservation, is currently researching female sand tiger sharks, will speak during the fundraiser about how the local dive communities are working together to better understand this species and the ecosystems around their survival.

Underwater photographer Tanya Houppermans, who has won several awards for her images of sand tiger sharks in North Carolina, will share what she has seen firsthand while photographing these creatures. She will highlight the natural resources and opportunities along the coast and the new citizen science program called Spot a Shark.

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