Kiss a Shark Week for the year 2024 is celebrated/observed on Saturday, January 22nd. There are until the next observance.

Kiss a Shark Week is a seven-day event held in the fourth full week of January that celebrates the shark for all the right reasons. The day’s goal is to educate people about sea animals and to promote conservation initiatives. The week-long holiday is promoted by a number of powerful groups and individuals, and it is frequently combined with shark-themed events.

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📆 When is Kiss a Shark Week?

This year, Kiss a Shark Week falls on the 4th Saturday in January; in 2023, it is on Sunday.

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📜 History of Kiss a Shark Week

Sharks are fundamentally older than dinosaurs, which appeared barely 200 million years ago! The recreated shark does not look like any shark we are familiar with, yet many historians think it is the ancestor of the contemporary shark species.

Shark fossils dating back 380 million years reveal that sharks back then are nearly identical to certain current shark species. Except during the dinosaur era, when the shark took a back seat, these gigantic predators have always been at the top of the food chain.

Sharks are now on the verge of extinction due to five global extinction events. This is largely due to our overexploitation of the oceans, which has depleted a natural resource. One reason why this holiday was made was to teach people about sharks, keep them safe, and protect them.

☑️ Kiss a Shark Week facts

Their skin feels like sandpaper
Because shark skin is made up of microscopic, tooth-like features (dermal denticles) that point in one direction, it feels like sandpaper.

Blue sharks are…blue
No other shark has that bright blue on top and pure white on the bottom.

Sharks can go into a trace
While you flip them over, they enter a trance-like state known as “tonic immobility,” which scientists employ when working with live sharks.

Sharks reproduce in different ways
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✨ Things to do on Kiss a Shark Week

Watch a shark movie or two
Watch a few shark classics, such as documentaries or movies that portray the species in a good light.

Visit a shark
If you know of an aquarium or zoo that cares for sharks, pay them a visit during Shark Week, and don’t forget to bring your friends and family with you. Make it a memorable and informative occasion.

Show sharks some love
Although kissing a shark would be awesome, it would need nerves of steel and experience, so instead of kissing a shark on this day, you may offer sharks some love by donating time, efforts, or money to a shark charity.

📅 Kiss a Shark Week Observances

2024 January 22 Monday
2025 January 22 Wednesday
2026 January 22 Thursday
2027 January 22 Friday
2028 January 22 Saturday

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