SharkCon 2015

SharkCon2-200SharkCon 2015
July 11-12, 2015
Florida State Fairgrounds
Tampa, Florida

SharkCon is an Ocean Festival / Water Sports / Conservation Event with a focus on education with all of the fun of a comic con. The show will have speakers from the Discovery Channel, National Geographic, Authors and more. This year we have the following scheduled to speak: Mark Simmons, Robert Hueter, Ellen Prager, Jillian Morris Brake, Duncan Brake, Jose Castro, Derek Burkholder, Marie Levine, Mick Foley, Wyland) and two very special headline speakers (announcement to follow). We have exhibits from Mote Marine Laboratory, Florida Aquarium, Busch Gardens, Exotic Animal Rescue, Tampa Bay Watch, and Fish and Wildlife. Do we have something for the kids? We have a 22 foot shark slide (adults are welcome too), Octopus bounce house, shark tooth sand dig, coloring projects, fossil exhibits, animal interactions, bucking shark ride, sidewalk chalk display, and mascot photo opportunities. We are also going to have clinics, on standup paddle boarding, setting up a saltwater fish tank, (scuba  demos – see below), how you can help with conservation, kayaking, and more. Tickets are $14.95 for adults and $4.95 for kids (16 and under). Deals are available on Groupon for the next few weeks.

We really want to increase the presence of the scuba diving industry at this years show. We feel the best way to inspire a love for the ocean is to get underwater. Shark-Con 2015 is looking for a strategic scuba industry sponsor. Email spencer@shark-con for more details. We are looking for any ocean related vendors. Those vendors are guaranteed a high traffic location.

Finally, nobody will want to miss the shark weddings. We have two shark weddings scheduled. The bride will walk down the aisle to the Jaws Theme. She will be surrounded by her wedding court which will include, Mermaids, Mermen, and ocean mascots. The couple will recite their vows under a set of megalodon jaws from our SharkCon mascot “Bay”. These are official ceremonies with couples getting married for the first time (no vow renewals).

You can buy tickets now at

Our website is and our Facebook page is

About Gene Muchanski

Executive Director at Dive Industry Association. Board Member at Dive Industry Foundation. Marketing Consultant to the Diving Industry. I have been a certified Scuba Diver since I was 15 years old and have been a passionate waterman for as long as I can remember.
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