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.
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 ❤