This is one tropical reef dive that involves virtually no risk of shark attack.
The Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach, Calif., on June 1 will begin allowing members of the public--if they're certified scuba divers--to immerse themselves into its 350,000-gallon Tropical Reef Habitat exhibit, which contains thousands of colorful fish, corals, sea turtles and, OK, a small number of very well-fed sharks.
The two-and-a-half-hour adventure costs $299 for non-members, or $279 for members, and includes a behind-the-scenes tour of the volunteer dive program, use of an underwater camera and take-home memory card, and a souvenir towel.
Participants must be at least 15 and make reservations at least 24 hours in advance by calling (562) 590-3100, ext. 0. Equipment will be provided if necessary. The capacity is four divers per day and the program runs daily from 3-5:30 p.m.
I've been behind the scenes and met some of the volunteers, who told me diving in the exhibit is a special experience. I hope to find out for myself one of these days.-- Pete Thomas
Photo courtesy of Aquarium of the Pacific