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Young thrill seekers come face-to-fin with sharks

May 7, 2014 Attraction No Comments Email Email

Four young daredevils aged between eight and eleven years were the first to take the exhilarating plunge into SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium’s spectacular Great Barrier Reef Oceanarium today for the launch of the brand new Shark Reef Snorkel.

The new offering, which follows the much-anticipated launch of Shark Mission, gives adventurers as young as five years old up-close-and-personal access to one of nature’s most magnificent but misunderstood creatures of the sea for the first time.

The thrilling and fully immersive experience submerged the four daring young adventurers beneath the water within a Perspex enclosure, as a group of awe-inspiring sharks – including Reef and Leopard Sharks, circled just metres away.

The see-through enclosure accommodates up to four snorkellers at one time and offers clear 360 degree views right to the bottom of the two million litre oceanarium so the whole family can feel the beauty of the world’s largest coral reef right in the heart in Sydney.

Amy Wilkes, Marine Biologist at SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium feels Shark Reef Snorkel takes Shark Mission a step further by providing shark enthusiasts and novices alike with the unique opportunity to get to know sharks and experience the wonder of their deep sea habitat up close, with no experience necessary.

“Shark Reef Snorkel is the perfect way to get closer to sharks, let our fears go and immerse ourselves in their fascinating world. It’s also a great option for those who don’t feel confident scuba diving to view our marine life in a safe and interactive environment,” said Amy Wilkes.

“It’s a little known fact that a staggering percentage of the world’s sharks are now close to the brink of extinction. As an advocate of the sea and its inhabitants, we created Shark Reef Snorkel with the purpose of raising awareness of our marine life in a fun way. It’s the perfect adventure for the whole family and we hope it will help people realise that these misunderstood creatures need our help.”

The one and a half hour experience includes a full orientation with insights into the species residing inside the Great Barrier Reef Oceanarium, 20-minutes in the water with an instructor as well as all equipment and full entry to the aquarium for $95 per person. A family or group ticket for four people is also available for $350. The encounter is available every day including weekends at 10am, 12.30pm and 3pm.

Shark Reef Snorkel is just one of many larger than life experiences that kids can enjoy as part of Shark Mission at SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium. Designed to challenge false perceptions of sharks as monsters of the sea, the interactive exhibit offers visitors the chance to marvel at these fascinating creatures in the Shark Nursery and Shark Valley tunnels, as well as the opportunity to learn about shark anatomy and habitats with giant interactive touch screens, and so much more.

For more information on Shark Reef Snorkel, please visit: www.sydneyaquarium.com.au 

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