'Shark Week' boosts ABQ Biopark Aquarium's shark exhibit

Posted at: 08/13/2014 6:24 PM
Updated at: 08/13/2014 7:19 PM
By: Jorge Torres, KOB Eyewitness News 4

Discovery Channel's "Shark Week" has developed into a cultural phenomenon since its inception in the late 1980s.

Since then, countless zoos, aquariums, museums and even national news programs have jumped on the bandwagon.

It's a week that many mark down on their calendars too. The kids are excited about the predators at the top of the food chain in the sea.

Families came to the ABQ Biopark Aquarium Wednesday to show their children the enormous and majestic creatures that have not only taken the aquarium, but the country, by storm.

"Shark Week is a great draw for us and of course we have the best sharks in all of Albuquerque for sure - probably all of New Mexico," said Holly Casman, Director of the Albuquerque Aquarium.

She's noticed an up-tick in attendance during "Shark Week". She appreciates what the Discovery Channel has done for the well-being of these creatures and for educating people about them.

"Up to 100 million sharks every year are killed for shark fin soup. Sharks attack and kill only handful of people in the whole world every year. The odds are stacked way against the sharks," Casman said.

She also said she wishes that more than a week was designated for sand tiger sharks, zebra sharks, nurse sharks and other species of sharks.

"From my point of view, everyday should be shark day," Casman said.

Shark Week officially ends this Sunday, August 17.