Planet Shark: Predator or Prey


Planet Shark: Predator or Prey


FEBRUARY 2, 2018 | PORTLAND, ME From the venue that brought you Body Worlds and Titanic, comes a thrilling exhibition, participants can really sink their teeth into.

The Portland Science Center is pleased to present, Planet Shark: Predator or Prey, opening on Saturday, February 3rd for a limited time only.

This exhibition allows both young and old to trace millions of years of evolution, come face-to-face with the Great White shark, learn the true impact of the shark fin trade and gain a whole new level of respect for the ocean’s oldest and most effective predator – all without even getting their feet wet.

Planet Shark: Predator or Prey takes visitors into the mythical depths of the lives of sharks to discover their secrets… a detailed portrait highlighting astonishing facts about this great fish. Visitors will discover the significant role sharks play in our ecosystem, and understand why it is important to protect them.

Planet Shark: Predator or Prey, Portland Science Center“Sharks are one of those unique species that provoke both fear and fascination in people. Unfortunately, misinformation and misconceptions have left many sharks unjustly vilified,” said Dr. James Sulikowski, professor of Marine Science at the University of New England. “This exhibit does an amazing job of presenting interesting facts, dispelling common myths, and encouraging conservation for not only the species we have in Maine, but globally as well.”

The creative team behind Planet Shark: Predator or Prey is Grande Exhibitions, an Australian-based producer of museum-quality exhibitions. This fascinating and engaging exhibition was produced with assistance from experts in the fields of sharks, aquariums, and ocean cinematography.

Planet Shark: Predator or Prey will feature:

  • Full-scale shark models cast from real animals
  • A collection of extremely rare fossils up to 370 million years old, plus real shark jaws and teeth
  • Actual shark cages visitors can enter plus authentic artifacts
  • Incredible stories of human/shark encounters
  • Detailed examinations of the shark’s amazing anatomy, biology, hunting strategies and sensory systems
  • Information on shark satellite tagging programs and conservation efforts
  • Interactive, educational displays and entertaining hands-on experiences

Planet Shark: Predator or Prey, Portland Science Center“This ground-breaking exhibition is very timely,” says Joe Gold, of the Portland Science Center. “Years of fishing pressure and cultural misrepresentation have pushed the shark to the brink of extinction. Its last hope lies in public education and awareness – and I think visiting the exhibition will help ignite a passion to protect these amazing creatures.”

On-site media expert:
University of New England, Dr. James Sulikowski, Dr. Shark, Planet Shark

Dr. James Sulikowski is a professor of Marine Science at the University of New England. Known throughout Maine as “Dr. Shark,” he has more than 25 years of experience working with sharks and other cartilaginous and bony fish. His vast scientific knowledge and plainspoken approach provide a voice of reason in the conversation about these much-feared apex predators. James has appeared on numerous local and national television shows, including NBC’s “Today Show,” Discovery’s “Shark Week,” “Ocean Mysteries with Jeff Corwin” and the BBC series “Rise of Animals.”

Portland Science Center Invites Patrons to Help Preble Street Food Pantry

December 1, 2017 – January 15, 2018

bring one non-perishable food item and receive $5 off per ticket, per item

(one item per ticket limit) 

Food to be donated to Preble Street Food Pantry

NOVEMBER 29, 2017 | PORTLAND, ME – The Portland Science Center, a popular destination for families, is inviting its patrons to help local families with food donations to the Preble Street Food Pantry. From December 1, 2017 through January 15, 2018, people coming to see Real Pirates: An Exhibition from National Geographic will receive a $5 discount off the price of their ticket if they bring an item of non-perishable food, which will be donated to Preble Street.

“We’ve been a part of the Portland community for more than two years,” said Joe Gold, President of the Portland Science Center. “We’re grateful for the support we’ve received and want to encourage those who support us to remember others who need our help. We’d like to be able to send a whole lot of food to Preble Street.”

“From its humble beginnings in the basement of an old church in downtown Portland, Preble Street’s food programs have grown to include a full-time teen shelter and kitchen, a women’s shelter and kitchen, as well as the main kitchen and food pantry to assist those of our neighbors who need a hand up in times of misfortune or crisis. We’ll be serving over 600,000 meals this year,” said Preble Street Executive Director Mark Swann. “While the nation as a whole continues to make progress against food insecurity, Maine remains third worst in the nation for hunger. Your support is a lifeline for our neighbors in need.”

Real Pirates tells the true story of the Whydah, a pirate ship that sank off the coast of Cape Cod 300 years ago. The 7,000-square-foot interactive exhibition showcases more than 150 artifacts, including everyday objects, personal items, and treasures, from the first fully authenticated pirate ship ever to be discovered in U.S. waters. Experiencing Real Pirates is the perfect family outing and a great way to spend the holiday season.

The exhibit will only be in Portland through January 15th, it is an exhibit not to be missed.

Most recently the Portland Science Center partnered with the Freeport Historical Society on the addition of an authentic early 19th-century cutlass (sword) from one of the most famous ships of the War of 1812. Like the Whydah, which sank en route to Maine, this cutlass also has a Maine connection—it was recovered from the privateer Dash, which was built at Porters Landing in Freeport in 1813, and sailed from Portland.

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Volunteers of America Northern New England Breaks Ground on 4.2 Million “Cabin in the Woods” Housing Project for Homeless Maine Veterans

Volunteers of America Northern New England, Cabin in the Woods, Homeless Maine Veterans

Cabin in the Woods to provide permanent housing for homeless Maine veterans and their families

MAY 19, 2017 | AUGUSTA, ME – Twenty-one Maine veterans and their families will have brand new, energy-efficient, ADA-accessible cabins to call home once construction is completed on the “Cabin in the Woods” development being created by the Volunteers of America Northern New England.

The Brunswick-based non-profit broke ground today on the $4.2 million project located on the grounds of the Togus VA Medical Center in Augusta.

“Some of our military veterans need a quiet place to help them transition into a daily routine. Cabin in the Woods, along with other support services will help them achieve that,” said June Koegel, President and CEO of Volunteers of America Northern New England. “Permanent housing with easy proximity to the services available at Togus is invaluable to someone struggling to re-establish their place in society.”

When completed the Cabin in the Woods development will have 16 one-bedroom and five two-bedroom cabins spread over 11 acres, each with its own wooded, private setting, available to homeless Maine veterans—both men and women.

The project is funded primarily through Maine Housing with additional donations from The Home Depot and TD Bank Charitable Foundations, as well as funding from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

The land for the Cabin in the Woods development was acquired through the Department of Veterans Affairs Enhanced Use Lease Program, where the VA leases underutilized real estate to the private sector for the purpose of developing housing for homeless veterans.

Today’s event also was attended by:

  • Ann LePage, First Lady of Maine
  • Mark Weisendanger, Director of Development, Maine Housing
  • Mike Michaud, Former Asst. Sec. of Labor
  • Bill Burney, Field Officer, U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development
  • Ryan Lilly, Center Director, Veterans Administration Health Care Systems, Togus

Maine Academy of Country Music award winner Debbie Myers sang the national anthem.

Volunteers of America Northern New England already operates two successful veterans programs in the Saco-Biddeford area; The Arthur B. Huot House, which provides co-ed transitional housing for homeless veterans, and The Veterans Career House, which serves homeless male veterans.

Media Contact: Jill Valley-Orlando 808.271.3624