Yes, you definitely read this title right the first time. We at Discovery Cove affirmatively stand by the position that not only should
you and your family visit us to swim with sharks, but you'll actually have a blast doing it. Here's why...
- You'll Conquer Your Fears
First thing's first: sharks don't like the taste of humans. And with that out of the way, we can assure you that you have nothing to be afraid of. Discovery Cove's Shark Swim experience allows you to interact with a variety of large animals in a safe manner with trained professionals. Like many bucket list experiences, swimming with sharks is an adventure that leaves many people with a feeling of accomplishment and excitement - not to mention bragging rights. The only thing you have to worry about is where to display all the pictures you'll take.
- You'll See Some of the Most Beautiful Big Fish
There's far more to sharks that what's portrayed in popular culture, and at Discovery Cove you'll have the chance to experience that in a one-of-a-kind, hands-on encounter. Guests are welcome to join the sharks in their habitat and embark on an exhilarating snorkel dive where you can marvel at these majestic creatures. As you swim about the habitat's deeper waters you will begin to truly appreciate their serene movements, elegant bodies, and unusual features.
- You'll Experience the Unique Underwater World
Of all of nature's wonders, nothing is quite as breathtaking as what you'll find underwater. At Discovery Cove you'll be able to swim through impressive Caribbean-reef-inspired waters and marvel at the ecosystem and inhabitants. Tropical fish converge with 5 different species of sharks, as you swim freely amongst Pacific Blacktips, Reef Whitetips, Nurse Sharks, Zebra Sharks, and a Spotted Wobbegong.
- You'll Learn More About Marine Life
At Discovery Cove, we work to dispel myths about the sharks and to inspire guests. Part of the Shark Swim experience includes learning about shark anatomy and the threats they face in the wild. Did you know that sharks have an amazing sense of hearing and their ears are actually inside their head? Or that sharks rely on electroreception to navigate the ocean and find prey? Shark biology and conservation is a fascinating topic, and as part of the experience you will have the opportunity to learn about the nature and diversity of these amazing sea predators.
- You'll Help Protect the Oceans
There are about 500 different species of sharks, as sharks swim within every ocean on the planet. Each species is essential to the health and wellbeing of its ecosystem. Research is the primary building block in terms of conservation, and at Discovery Cove, a portion of every purchase is donated to the Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation which conducts scientific research and hosts educational programs aimed at conserving the marine environment. So when you and your family join us at Discovery Cove you can enjoy swimming with sharks one day, while helping to ensure their survival the next.