Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo launches new Shark Encounter Experience

Posted: 17-Nov-16 12:43

Dubai is a destination full of huge attractions and adventure activities, and now holidaymakers can swim with sharks during their visit. Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo has launched its new Shark Encounter Experience as part of an ongoing campaign to educate visitors of all ages about the importance of these magnificent marine creatures, while showing visitors a different side of them.

Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo launches new Shark Encounter Experience

Dubai is one of the world’s leading destinations for mega attractions, fun activities, theme parks. Now travellers can swim with sharks as Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo launches its new Shark Encounter Experience.

The attraction has launched the experience as part of an ongoing campaign to educate visitors about the importance of these beautiful marine predators, and the vital role they play in the eco system. Experts want to prove that sharks do not just want to eat humans, and they have fascinating lives in the depths of the world’s oceans.

Brave participants will be lowered in a cage 4.5 metres below the water’s surface into the aquarium. Once in position, two scuba divers will feed the sharks fish through the cage bars, and visitors can watch the feeding frenzy between other fish and the sharks. The zebra sharks, who have spots rather than stripes, are the greediest of the sharks, and spend a lot of time at the cages, allowing divers to get a close look at them.

The cages have two sides with strong bars, and two sides made of strengthened glass so visitors will have perfect views of the sharks and other marine creatures. The bars will be wide enough to let small fish swim in and out, but narrow to safely keep sharks out.

The aquarium is home to 10 species of sharks, as well as thousands of other fish, stingrays, sea horses and more, and the encounter will last approximately half an hour. The experience will include a tour of the aquarium’s facilities behind the scenes, a visit to the research lab, and participants will learn about shark-breeding programmes.

To take part, visitors do not need to have scuba diving experience, thanks to the use of special clear underwater helmets that will pump air. Participants will receive a briefing with an instructor on basic underwater signals, equalising ears, breathing, what to expect, and what not to do.

The Shark Encounter Experience costs Dh600 per person, and includes entry to the aquarium and the tour. The Dubai Aquarium offers additional underwater experiences such as the Shark Walker and scuba diving with the sharks. The aquarium is located in the Dubai Mall, and the tank is one of the largest in the world with more than 33,000 marine animals and 140 different species.

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