Walking with Sharks

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Tuesday, April 9, 2013

There is not a lot to say about this blog post, Tim saw an advert for Ocean Walker at the aquarium and that was it, nothing was going to come between him and that ocean walker helmet.

I was totally unconvinced that this was going to be either fun or a good idea, however I gave in to the peer pressure and agreed to do it.

We got to the aquarium, were handed wetsuits and told to climb down the ladder, await the helmet and then take the last 4 steps down the ladder. Don't fall over, don't lie down and don't look sideways as the helmet will fill with water.  We were told that a scuba diver would come with us and just to follow him.

As we are stood on the side of the tank watching sharks and rays swim past, the man tells us that we might only see small fish, here's hoping!

 Tim went in first and I realised just how heavy the dive helmet was when they used a winch to lower it onto his head, all I could see was masses of bubbles and my heart was thumping out of my chest wondering if sharks can smell fear like dogs, its funny what goes through your head in these situations?!.  I was up, as I stepped foot in the aquarium it was freezing.  I made my way down the ladder and the helmet was plonked on my head, it was quite a relief to see the water lever raising on the outside but yet my face was dry, phew.

Given that we were warned that we might not see any sharks swimming overhead I was utterly petrified when we saw pretty much nothing but sharks swimming overhead,  the helmet was so heavy it was like trying to walk on the moon, especially when my eyes are everywhere except ahead keeping an eye on the circling sharks.  we walked around the aquarium and it was so funny to see other tourists looking in at us. One young boy was finding it really funny to point out all the scary big fish around me, scaring the life out of me.

We were only underwater for about 15 minutes but it felt like an eternity, we saw leopard sharks sleeping, huge rays, a giant wrasse and more sharks than i cared to count.  There was one big one sleeping in the corner which was a huge relief as I didn't want him to be swimming around my head.

I never thought that I would find myself walking around an aquarium on the inside of the tank, but it was definitely an awesome experience, so I suppose I have to give Tim some credit for his choice of activities, this once anyway!

After our ocean walk we went back on the outside with the normal people and watched the fish through the wonky glass, the fish did look huge in the shark tank!  We were there just in time to see the shark feeding, and I can only say it is just as well I saw this after our ocean walk as one funny flat nose shark that looked a  bit like a ray spent the entire time ramming and chewing the scuba diver, there is not a chance I would have got in the tank had I seen him before, the scuba diver was totally unfazed and just kept grabbing his nose, not my idea of fun for sure!

This was our last trip to Bangkok and I can't think of a better way to have spent it, onwards and upwards to Ayutthaya the old Capital of Siam for Thai New Year (Songkran).
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