Guy Harvey to visit Charleston for sharks’ sake

The Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation, established by artist Guy Harvey, is donating $75,000 to the South Carolina Aquarium’s upcoming exhibit, “Shark Shallows,” featuring bonnetheads, black nose and nurse sharks, which are native to the South Carolina coast.

Guy Harvey will come bearing gifts for the South Carolina Aquarium on Saturday when he pays a visit to the Lowcountry.

On his first stop in town at 10:15 a.m., the marine wildlife artist will present a $75,000 check to the non-profit aquarium to help pay for its upcoming shark exhibit, “Shark Shallows.”

Afterwards, Harvey will make his way to Mount Pleasant Towne Centre, where he’ll sign autographs at the grand opening of the new Palmetto Moon store. For each Guy Harvey item sold at Palmetto Moon stores through Saturday, $2 will be donated to the aquarium.

“We’re proud to partner with Guy Harvey, who over the years has demonstrated a real commitment to conserving the marine environment,” said Kevin Mills, CEO and president of the aquarium.

Harvey will present the grant to the tourist attraction on behalf of the Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation, which he established to help fund marine research and conservation initiatives.

“We are thrilled to be able to present a $75,000 check to the South Carolina Aquarium,” Harvey said. “Our foundation is on a mission to educate the general public about the importance of sharks to our oceans, and the new exhibit will be very helpful.”

The donation will be used to pay for the exhibit, which will launch in the spring, according to spokeswoman Kate Dittloff.

“Shark Shallows” will be an “interactive” experience, a release said, but details on what that means were not yet available, according to Dittloff.

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Though the attraction is still in the design phase, the stars of the show have already been chosen.

Shark collection wrapped up this week, Dittloff said. Most are bonnetheads and black nose sharks caught locally by acquisition crews with the aquarium, and one nurse shark was donated by an aquatic facility in Nashville, she said.

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