swim with sharks at Discovery Cove.
people opt to stay as far away from sharks as possible,
thanks to movies like "Jaws." At SeaWorld’s
Discovery Cove, visitors can face their fears and free
swim right alongside 20 sharks.
reef sharks, blacktip reef sharks, nurse sharks, a zebra
shark and a spotted wobbegong can all be found swimming
next to human visitors during the shark swim experience.
supervisor Mike Dech said he sees a range of reactions
when visitors learn about the shark swim.
have people that are excited — this is a bucket list
item for them," Dech said. "And you have people
that are horrified of them."
experience opened in July 2017 and has proven to be very
popular since its opening, Dech said. Because of the
sharks’ eating habits and limited capacity for
interaction, Discovery Cove only allows 12 visitors to
swim with sharks each day.
the experience, shark swimmers get a glimpse of what it
takes to train the sharks while talking with Discovery
Cove aquarists and trainers. They can also pet and have
their photo taken with sharks, if the animals cooperate.
said that sharks are often misunderstood, and many think
sharks are out to get people. He said that’s not the
are not the monsters people have come to believe that they
are," Dech said. "Almost all shark related bites
or injuries are, we believe, due to mistaken identity.
Humans are not on the menu for sharks. We’re not their