Swimming with Sharks

Hey guys, gals, and everyone else!
My mother and I recently took a trip to Orlando and Tampa, Florida. While we were there we did a couple amazing things! We went to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, and we swam with sharks at the Florida Aquarium in Tampa! These are just some of the awesome animals you can see at the aquarium! It’s well worth visiting.

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Now there are people who like shark week,,,and there are people who make watching shark week a drinking game, and then there are true fanatics like me. I have always been completely captivated by sharks. All shapes, colors, and kinds! I’ve wanted to swim with livings fossils since I was a very young child. They’re beautiful, endangered and often misunderstood.

ANYWAY. After my shark lover tangent. Swimming with the sharks at the aquarium costs $100.00 You can find the link to it HERE! After we walked around the aquarium for a while, we met up with a very nice instructor. He took a third swimmer, my mother and I behind the scenes. He explained all the animals we would be swimming with. We were in the tank with sand tiger sharks, nurse sharks, a green sea turtle named Flip, barracudas, eels, rays and a lot more!

Then we got into our wetsuits, and met our dive masters. They explained how the sorta scuba gear worked and what tanks had which animals. I say sorta scuba because we didn’t have large tanks and the whole shebang. We had a  vest,and a smaller tank with respirator. We couldn’t go under the water very far because of the vests, but we still came within inches of the animals! First we got our go pros and swam in the shallow tank. This is where colorful fish and the (debarbed) rays live! Then , we got into the deeper tank once we were comfortable with the breathing apparatus. We basically held a pole while the dive master directed us around the tank. We were able to get an upclose look at all the animals! The barracudas, Flip the green sea turtle, and the larger female shark were all really friendly. They came up to us!

My swimming partner, named Ed, and I were able to ask all sorts of questions during our swim. Turns out our dive master is actually a high school teacher, and he does the tank swimming and diving as a side job. I definitely recommend this to anyone who can swim. It puts the underwater world and its inhabitants into a new perspective. I’m so thankful that my mom was willing and able to provide me this opportunity. It definitely was a great graduation gift! I hope to cage dive with bigger sharks next! My boyfriend thinks I’m a little crazy to love such dangerous fish so much! Below you can check out our GoPro footage from the shark side of the tank!

Swimming with sharks was on my bucket list-What’s on yours?! Let me know down below!

Stay Sunny ❤

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24 thoughts on “Swimming with Sharks

  1. Claire'scomfycorner

    Wow! What an experience, I love sharks and watching shark week but I wouldn’t be brave enough to swim with them 🙂 I would love to hug a polar bear but that’s never going to happen! lol! Or dance with a penguin, I love penguins 🙂

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  2. Rachel B

    That’s cool, I always wondered how much that cost! Honestly, I am too scared to do it myself though! I swam in the shark reef at Typhoon Lagoon and I was scared out of my mind! Thankfully I have never encountered a shark while snorkeling the wild.

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  3. Lori

    I admit I have an unfounded fear of sharks. I’m deathly afraid of them. But I have to admit your swim sounds simply amazing! And I love the photos!

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  4. Sarah Bailey

    Oh wow what an amazing experience that looks like – I would love to do something like swimming with sharks and I would adore to visit the Wizarding World of Harry Potter as well! x

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  5. Naturalmente Mamá

    You are so brave! I don’t know if I want to swim with sharks… I think I rather swim with dolphins! although after your experience, it sounds like an adventure!

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  6. welcomingspirit

    The footage you shot is simply, I loved seeing the Sea Turtle – I have fond memories of swimming with them in Hawaii. For my bucket list, I want to take my husband and son to Israel to do an archaeological dig. One of my friends from grad school owns a dig site, and I think it would be amazing to join her there with my family. 🙂

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  7. Natasha

    I know this is a great experience but um…I’ll stick to only want to swim with dolphins! LOL! Kudos for stepping out there and doing something really out of the box!

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  8. positivelystacey

    What a cool experience! I love everything about being in the water. I have swam form Alcatraz Island to San Francisco. I worry about share when I am out there.

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