Life is about the journey - some roads are not always what they seem but you sure learn a great deal from them!
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Published September 2nd 2016
The Shark Lab is a Research Facility based on Point Road in Mossel Bay. Although the entrance is hidden, there is signage to guide one to the entrance which reminded me of an under ground cave! Obviously a perfect setting for an experience of this nature.
Apart from a guided tour through the tanks, one also has the chance to swim with sharks. While I had the amazing experience of Shark Cage diving with Great Whites, I have not been in a pool with sharks.
Swim with Sharks (photo compliments of SocialHummingBird)
While the thought of stepping into waters with a 'predator' was inviting, I was more interested in learning about sharks and their habitat. I find it fascinating that we have given sharks a rap for something they do naturally. I could equate that as stepping into a Lion Park and hoping to "Pat the Kitty".
Interesting enough, there are over 440 Shark Species with only 10 of these making the most "dangerous" list. Notably, the Great White heads this list thanks to the movie Jaws, which also happened to create a public panic and hunt that brought Great White Shark numbers to an extreme low.
Active Little Baby (photo compliments of SocialHummingBird)
Shark Lab and Research Facility is also the home to little baby shark embryos. I remember finding shark eggs along the shore, a habit that I still adopt today. My children would often ask me what I was looking for and would question my reply with: "Oh Mum, Sharks don't lay eggs!"
With access to the shark nursery, this 'myth' that my children thought I was telling them soon proved true. To their amazement, they were able to witness little baby sharks swimming in an egg sack. At first, they were amazed but soon realised that my story was based on 100% fact.
Little Shark Ready to Swim into the Big Blue World (Photo compliments of SocialHummingBird)
The Shark Lab and Research Facility is open Monday to Friday from 8 am to 5 pm and Saturday from 8 am to 1 pm. No bookings are required for general admission, however bookings for a "swim with sharks" is required.
Overall I had an amazing experience. My children learnt a great deal too. For those that may have Galeophobia or Selachophobia (fear of sharks), this will be the safest and most perfect setting to confront your fear and learn about a marine animal that is NOT a monster!