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2nd annual swim with the sharks

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Posted at 5:22 PM, Jun 07, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-07 18:22:50-04

The Oklahoma Aquarium will host its second annual contest where one lucky diver will swim with the largest collection of bull sharks in the world.

The contest is held in association with Sharklahoma, a month-long celebration of sharks at the Oklahoma Aquarium in collaboration with the Jenks Chamber of Commerce.

The grand finale of Sharklahoma will give one contest winner the opportunity to swim with the sharks in the world-renowned tank.

The winner will wear a 20-pound, $6,000 chain mail suit, and a GoPro to swim alongside scuba-certified aquarium staff.

Bull sharks are best known for their aggressive behavior and are considered to be one of the most dangerous species.

They are found in warm shallow water but can also be found swimming in freshwater rivers. Bull sharks can live up to 16 years in the wild and can grow from seven to 11.5 feet, weighing between 200-500 pounds. Currently, 10 bull sharks swim in the exhibit.

Entry forms can be found at okaquarium.org. All contest entrants must be certified scuba divers, 18 or older, and provide their certification number on the application.

The deadline for entry is Wednesday, July 3, 2019, at 11:59 p.m., and one winner will be chosen on Friday, July 5, 2019. The winner will receive an all-inclusive trip including transportation, hotel, and meal vouchers.

The dive takes place on Friday, July 26, 2019, so entrants must be available to dive on this date. The diver will be required to sign a liability waiver and complete a check-out dive prior to diving with the bull sharks.

For more information about the contest and the importance of sharks and their ecological and economic impact, please visit okaquarium.org or contact Chief Marketing Officer Andrea Leitch at aleitch@okaquarium.org.

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