Sharks and Chablis: An Event Not To Be Missed

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It’s time to once again get excited for the upcoming “Sharks and Chablis,” benefitting the Gulf Specimen Marine Lab and Aquarium! This year, the sixth annual installment of this incredible event will take place on Sunday, October 18 from 2:00 PM to 6:00 PM at the Gulf Specimen in Panacea.

Tickets are just $45 for general admission ($35 for GSML members and schoolteachers), so order them today to contribute to a worthy initiative, and get ready for a day filled with marine life fun and education!

What will funds raised be contributing to?

For over 50 years, the Gulf Specimen Marine Lab has been dedicated to researching and protecting marine life, as well as providing resources to help others learn about the crucial role that the marine ecosystem plays in our environment. Each year, GSML uses the proceeds generated from its “Sharks and Chablis” annual fundraiser to support the organization’s myriad educational programs.

This year, the money raised will go towards the expansion of the laboratory’s sea turtle facilities. Rescuing and rehabilitating endangered sea turtles is one of GSML’s most important missions, and they plan to enhance this effort by installing a new filtration system built specifically for sea turtles, as well opening a brand new rehabilitation hospital for larger species of sea turtles. Your support is vital to helping GSML protect one of Florida’s most beloved and unique marine animals.

Who is this year’s headlining speaker?

“Sharks and Chablis” guests will have the honor of hearing Emmy-winning wildlife biologist Jim Fowler. Fowler may be best known as the veteran host of Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom, and he has made many other TV appearances throughout his career to enthrall audiences with his tales of the animal kingdom. With Jim Fowler at the podium, guests are sure to be treated to thrilling stories and expert information from throughout his 50-plus year career.

What other events take place at “Sharks and Chablis?”

Some of the other activities that will be featured include:

  • Silent Auction
  • Live Sea Creatures
  • Live Music from “Travelin’ Light,” “Tuesday Supper Club,” and the “Jerry Thigpen Trio”
  • Interactive Educational Displays

Is there anything else I need to know about the event?

Each ticket includes a selection of hors d’oeuvres and a seafood dinner catered by local favorite, Posey’s Steam Room, as well as two drinks (beer and wine will be available). Additional drink tickets can be purchased at the event. Tickets can be purchased at the door, but there’s no need to wait! Order yours now, and you’ll get to enjoy a day of great food and fun while contributing to the protection of our region’s precious marine ecosystem.