Shark Cage Snorkeling at Kelly Tarlton's Sea Life Aquarium

1 Hour
Group Activity
Shore Excursion with Guaranteed Return to Ship

From (USD) $69 Per Person

Shark Cage Snorkeling at Kelly Tarlton's Sea Life Aquarium

1 Hour
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From (USD) $69 Per Person

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      Shark Cage Snorkeling at Kelly Tarlton's Sea Life Aquarium

      Auckland, New Zealand
      From (USD) $69 Per Person
      • The cage: If you're not quite ready for the Xtreme experience, mesh walls and a clear Plexiglas bottom provide a nice comfort zone as sand tiger, school, wobbegong, and broadnose sevengill sharks glide by.
      • Welcome to the neighborhood: Other residents include colorful fish from New Zealand coastal waters and short-tail stingrays weighing up to 400 pounds.
      • Tanks for the memories: The cage snorkeling experience includes all the instruction you need.
      • All of Sea Life: Enjoy all the exhibits included in general admission – the Antarctic Ice Adventure, the Shark Tunnel, Stingray Bay, Jurassic Seas, the Seahorse Kingdom, the Fish Gallery, Shipwreck Discovery, the Southern Oceans Discovery Zone, the Shipwreck Shores kids play area, and Scott Base, a replica of the 50 x 25-foot hut from Robert Scott's 1910 South Pole expedition.
      About This Auckland Tour

      If you look closely at the rocks on the bottom, you may see a wobbegong camouflaged against the rocks. Its ornately patterned hide evolved just for that purpose, and is the reason the species is also known as carpet sharks. It's a nice interior design touch that goes back to the Early Jurassic era.

      That's right: This "ambush predator" has been lurking in the rocks for almost 200 million years, just waiting for crabs, lobsters, shrimp, octopuses, squid, and small fish to unwittingly come to dinner. (They don't even have to be that small – the wobbegong carpet shark has been observed swallowing other sharks whole.) If the cupboard is bare, they'll eat coral.

      You, suspended high above their rocky lair and safe within the netting of the shark cage, won't have to worry about an ambush. In fact, you should worry about them. They're one of several shark species caught and killed solely for their fins, and warming oceans threaten their reef habitats – after 200 million years, the wobbegong may soon be gone. Key to their conservation? Aquariums like Sea Life, where their placid nature adapts them well, and any carpet has to be waterproof.

      No point in stinging the hand that feeds you

      After his death in 1985, the ashes of Kelly Tarlton – the legendary adventurer, treasure hunter, underwater archeologist, conservationist, and inventor who built Sea Life – were scattered over the Poor Knights Islands, 30 miles east of the North Island. It was one of his favorite diving grounds, and happens to be a congregating area of the world's largest stingray: the short-tail. As you'll see in the shark tank, they're massive, weighing more than 400 pounds. As you'll also see, those short tails still have their poisonous barbs attached, which they politely fold on the side opposite a staff member feeding them.

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      Non-refundable if canceled within 7 days of requested services.

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