Shark Week returns to Sea Life Michigan Aquarium in Auburn Hills

Posted at 8:08 PM, Jul 20, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-20 20:08:27-04

Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water - Shark Week kicks off this Sunday!

Sea Life Michigan in Auburn Hills is celebrating by giving visitors a chance to get "schooled" on this type of fish!

Kelli Cadenas is the Curator of Sea Life Michigan.

She said, "We are so excited for Shark Week."

It is natural to get a little nervous around sharks, but it turns out you don't have to be.

"They're actually not as scary as you think."

According to Sea Life Michigan, sharks have been around for more than 400 million years..

They hope fun facts will "bait" people into learning more.

"Everybody knows that sharks like to eat. They are ferocious eaters, but generally that gives them a scary vibe," she explained. "They are worried about sharks or afraid of sharks, but we want to show you we actually feed sharks off a pole. They actually come to a station and eat. They don't turn around and eat their fishy friends in the exhibit."

Herring, not humans, are on their menu.

"They'll bite a human that they think is a seal.

In fact, people can be predators.

Experts say more than 70 million sharks are killed each year for their fins.

The sharks here are fed based on their weight.

Staff at the aquarium sometimes get suited up and hop into a small pool attached to the aquarium to do a feeding.

"They're lazy, they are picky," Cadenas explained. "They don't like shrimp that are too small. They are picky about the size of foods."

Shark Week is a great opportunity to have a deeper understanding of these ocean creatures.

"People come in scared and they leave interested, that's our goal."