Addicted to Shark Week? You’ll love these vacations & activities
So, Shark Week takes a huge bite out of your calendar every year and gets the best of you? Ah, yes. The Discovery Channel’s week-long devotion to all things sharks begins Sunday, Aug. 4. One Web site has been doing a celebratory countdown … since last year.
(If you’ve seen the ‘teaser’ that involves Snuffy the Seal’s tragic return to the ocean, you seal lovers will be relieved to know that the video of a shark jumping out of mid-air to snap up Snuffy is a dramatization staged as a fake news event, according to Snopes.com).
And, for all you shark lovers (or at least those of you who are fascinated by them), we thought it’d be fun to share with you some shark-y vacation ideas.
Visit Hammerheads sharks: Head to the country’s most “touchable aquarium” as it’s billed. The Adventure Aquarium is in Camden, New Jersey and is home to the largest collection of sharks on the East Coast. The Adventure Aquarium is the only one in the United States that has a hammerhead shark in its exhibit. (Actually, they have two!) While there are nine different hammerhead species across the world, the Adventure Aquarium has two “Great Hammerheads” that are 7 feet long and 3 1/2 feet long. Aquarium officials aren’t sure how big they’ll grow, but the biggest Great Hammerheads on record were 20 feet long and more than 950 pounds. To honor “Shark Week,” the aquarium is holding an event called “Shark Week Live” from now until Aug. 11.
Go swimming with sharks: Also at the Adventure Aquarium, you can go swimming with sharks. You’ll get a quick lesson about the animals and a snorkeling lesson. Once you’re ready, you’ll enter the “Shark Realm” where you’ll come within inches of sandbar sharks, nurse sharks and then swim through a “Stingray Lagoon.” The package comes with a picture taken of you so you can prove to everyone that you were swimming among sharks.
Go ‘cage diving’ to see sharks up close and personal: The shark (or “mano” as it’s called in Hawaiian) are a large part of Hawaiian culture and legends. And, they’re much better to experience on a guided controlled trip than as a surprise while you’re surfing. North Shore Shark Adventures will take you out to sea off of Oahu’s North Shore to see sharks up close. For the especially daring, you can be dropped into the water in a cage to see the animals up close. Along the way out to your destination, you’ll likely run into some dolphins and Hawaiian Green Sea Turtles. (In the winter months, you might spot some humpback whales).
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