Sherman the Shark stops by ahead of Shark Weekend at National Aquarium

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WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- You have an opportunity to have a close encounter with a shark in downtown Washington this weekend because the National Aquarium is celebrating its final Shark Weekend Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Sherman the Shark and Katelyn Williams joined us on Friday to talk about the many activities, including face painting. You will also have the opportunity to visit Sherman in Sherman's Lagoon.

Katelyn Williams also brought in some shark jaws. "We have tiger shark jaws, a very large species. We also have a lemon shark, then we have a different species, the Port Jackson shark," shared Williams.

She explained, "Teeth are basically the lifeline of the shark. They have to have their teeth to eat, basically. If they ever happen to lose a tooth, they have one there ready to take its place."

She also told us that if a shark gets a piece of you, it's when you pull out that you really get a lot of damage. Williams pointed out, "You can see how these guys are cerrated like a knife so they're definitely going to be able to cut into me."

Williams also said to avoid eating shark soup. She told us, "I actually will not eat shark soup. It's actually bad for species of sharks because they will take the fins off, and the sharks can't swim any more, and they drown so I tend to steer clear of shark fin soup whenever possible."

This is the 15th year for Shark Weekend. Sherman helped us take a look at the forecast before the event. See the video attached to this story.

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