New experiences at SeaWorld’s Discovery Cove allows guests to swim with sharks, feed rays

Two new animal experiences at Discovery Cove have been announced today, allowing guests the unique opportunity to interact with sharks and rays at the popular park.

Just in time for Shark Awareness Day on July 14, the newly launched Shark Swim provides a one-of-a-kind chance for guests 10 years and older to swim freely among Pacific blacktip, reef whitetip, nurse shark, zebra shark, and a spotted wobbegong shark species.

Discovery Cove’s press release has more details:

The immersive session is divided into two unique interactions and begins as guests meet with the park’s shark team and head into the water. Through hands-on interaction, guests learn about shark anatomy and the threats the animals face in the wild. Guests can also join the sharks in the deeper part of their habitat and embark on an exhilarating snorkel experience.

Discovery Cove works to dispel myths about sharks and to inspire guests to learn more about these mysterious creatures. As top predators, sharks play an essential role in maintaining the balance of ocean ecosystems worldwide by monitoring fish populations. Sadly, shark finning and overfishing threaten many shark species and disrupt that natural balance. Guests who take part in the new Shark Swim program will walk away with a deeper understanding and appreciation for these fascinating ocean ambassadors.

Discovery Cove also launched a Ray Feeding experience where guests ages six and older can hand-feed stingrays while learning all about this incredible animals during a private tour of the Grand Reef.

Both experiences require a Dolphin Swim or Day Resort reservation at Discovery Cove in order to participate and guests are encouraged to make reservations in advance as space is limited. The Shark Swim program is $85 per person, with 5% of the proceeds to be donated to the Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation (GHOF) in support of shark research and conservation efforts.  The Ray Feeding Program costs $50 per person.

And that’s not all. Starting August 1, Florida residents booking a day at Discovery Cove will also receive unlimited general admission to both SeaWorld and Aquatica water park through January 2018.

For more program and booking details, please visit www.discoverycove.com.

(Photos courtesy of SeaWorld)

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