Monday May 16th @ 4pm
SWIM WITH THE SHARKS
Yes I am excited, like a 5 year old.
I'm going to join my niece, JoAnn, my nephew, Jaime and my brother, Tobias at the Georgia Aquarium on May 16th, in a SWIM WITH THE SHARKS adventure.
It's 30 minutes in the largest tank in the world, swimming with all the fish, including the whale sharks. The group is limited to 8 participants along with the aquarium dive masters.
The swim activity does not require scuba certification. The participants float at the top of the water, hooked up to breathing snuba tanks that float right along with you. We get to be in the water for 30 minutes.
I've watched several videos posted on YOUTUBE and the big whale sharks are very close to some of the swimmers. You're looking down on the sharks, they are right there swimming right along the snuba swimmers.
In the photo below you can see the swimmers and the giant ray right along with them. The GA Aquarium is the only aquarium outside of Asia that has whale sharks. The enclosure or tank is the largest in the world, 6.3 million gallon exhibit. An average size in ground swimming pool holds 40,000 gallons of water, you can do the math.
An interesting side note, when the aquarium was being built, one of Cindy's friends, was a construction site safety manager, so we got to tour the grounds when the facility was being built. And we got to walk on the floor of the tank, it was like being in a indoor stadium, vast. I remember our voices echoing as we walked through the area. The day we were there crews were building the formations that would become the rocks at the bottom of the tank.
Below is a link to a six minute video - it give you an idea of what the swim experience is like.