Chomp down on shark facts at Save The Bay’s Exploration Center and Aquarium

Chomp down on shark facts at Save The Bay’s Exploration Center and Aquarium

NEWPORT, R.I. – July 8, 2019 – Guests at Save The Bay’s Exploration Center and Aquarium can bite into facts about local sharks this July. The monthly programming theme, “Stunning Sharks of Narragansett Bay,” helps guests learn all about local shark species while tackling a self-guided and shark-themed scavenger hunt, craft and storytime before visiting the aquarium’s shark tank, where they can see and touch a smooth dogfish shark. The Exploration Center and Aquarium on Easton’s Beach in Newport is open daily, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

“While many visitors tend to know that sharks are elasmobranchs—meaning that their skeletons are made of cartilage instead of bone—fewer know that some sharks have the ability to detect electromagnetic fields,” said Save The Bay Lead Aquarist Adam Kovarsky.

“We know that visitors to the aquarium this month will learn even more interesting facts about local sharks from our skilled staff, the activities we offer, by watching the sharks in the tanks, or even by touching them!”

Visitors can observe sharks at multiple stages of development at the aquarium, thanks to Save The Bay’s “Hatch Out” program, which supports the breeding and growth of chain dogfish sharks and little skates. Visitors also have the opportunity to pet a shark at one of the center’s three touch tanks.

Like all species in the aquarium, the sharks residing at the Exploration Center and Aquarium this July won’t be there for long! The center’s marine animal collection is transitional, sustainable and locally-sourced. No critter, as long as it is strong and healthy, stays at the center for more than a year before being assessed for survival and released back into Narragansett Bay, including this month’s new arrivals: horseshoe crabs, flounder, oyster toadfish, black sea bass, cunner, mummichogs, flounder, moon snails, whelks, periwinkles, shore shrimp and more.

Guests who are interested in getting an even closer look at Bay creatures can purchase tickets to this month’s Feeding Frenzy, taking place on Thursday, July 18, at 5 p.m. This exciting after-hours event allows guests to participate in the aquarium creatures’ favorite time of day: feeding time. Tickets ($10 general admission; $8 for Save The Bay members) can be purchased at

The Exploration Center and Aquarium is located in the Easton’s Beach Rotunda at 175 Memorial Blvd. in Newport, R.I. The center is open daily 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Memorial Day-Labor Day. General admission to the Aquarium is $8; $7 for seniors and college students with ID; and free for children under 3 and Save The Bay Family Members. The Exploration Center and Aquarium also offers free general admission to all military and first responders with current ID, as well as a reduced admission of $7 for their guests. For more information about the Exploration Center and Aquarium, visit or call 401-324-6020.



About Save The Bay: Founded in 1970, Save The Bay is currently celebrating 50 years of advocacy, education, and restoration efforts in its mission to protect and improve Narragansett Bay and its watershed. An 18-month celebration marks the anniversary with special events and a capital campaign to unite the community and lay the foundation for Save The Bay’s continued work toward a fully swimmable, fishable, healthy Narragansett Bay, accessible to everyone and globally recognized as an environmental treasure.

*Please note:  Be sure to access the Johnson & Wales University Harborside Campus through the main entrance on Harborside Blvd. Your GPS may suggest taking Ernest Street to JWU’s Shipyard Street entrance, but that route requires a key card for entry.  

From Route I-95 North or South, take Exit 18 (Thurbers Avenue). Head downhill on Thurbers Avenue to US Route 1A (Allens Avenue). Turn right onto Allens Ave. Continue southbound on Allens Ave. into Cranston, where Allens Ave. becomes Narragansett Blvd. Turn left onto Harborside Blvd. at the traffic light by the Shell gas station. Follow Harborside Blvd. through the Johnson & Wales Harborside Campus. At the end of Harborside Blvd., turn right onto Save The Bay Drive. Save The Bay Drive becomes a circular, one-way roadway as you approach the Bay Center. Parking is available in four guest lots after you pass the main building. Enter the building through the main entrance.


July 11, 2021

Dear Friends, Supporters and Community Members, 

At this time, Save The Bay’s facilities in Providence and Westerly remain closed to the public in response to COVID-19.

The Exploration Center and Aquarium in Newport reopened Monday, July 5, with new hours and visiting procedures in place.

Save The Bay is offering volunteer and internship opportunities with new policies and procedures for the health and safety of all involved.

Our staff continues to protect and improve Narragansett Bay, working both remotely and on-site. If you have any questions, you can contact us by phone (401-272-3540) or email (, or on FacebookInstagram or Twitter.