Shark Tagging

Shark Tagging - Conservation Initiatives

A Thrilling Adventure
at Sea

The National Aquarium's annual shark tagging trip was voted Baltimore Magazine's Best Adventure in 2010!

The public is invited to join Aquarium staff for a day of shark tagging off the coast of Ocean City, Maryland. Tagging sharks provides scientists with information on stock identity, migration and abundance, age and growth, mortality, and behavior.

Captain Sampson's experience and reputation have made him a sought-after lecturer, demonstrator, writer, and guide for shark tagging and other offshore fishing techniques. This is a unique, hands-on event—don’t miss out on an exciting day on the water!

Though there is no guarantee you'll catch a shark, past trips have reeled in sandbars, dusky, thresher, blacktip, hammerhead, and other shark species.

This trip offers the thrill of deep-sea sport fishing, but with the good conscience of knowing that you're contributing to valuable science that will help conserve these apex hunters of the sea.

2014 Shark Tagging Trip Dates Have Been Announced!

Saturday August 16th

Sunday August 17th

Saturday August 23rd 

Sunday August 24th

All participants must be a minimum age of 10 years old. Participants under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a paying adult.

Price: $200 for members; $250 for non-members

To sign up for a shark tagging session, please contact Central Reservations at 410-576-3833.  There are 2 trips each day: one in the morning and one in the afternoon, so make sure you specify which time frame you would like to sign up for.


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Shark Tagging Video

Shark tagging video