Some-fin special for Christmas


SHOPPERS are being offered the chance to snap up a Christmas present with a little more bite this year – shark diving.

Deep Sea World at North Queensferry in Fife say they are cutting prices in the hope a dive with the feared beasts at Scotland’s national aquarium may hook those looking for the special something.

The aquarium based in the waters if the Firth of Forth is the only place in Scotland where it is possible to get up close and personal with the notoriously feared water creatures.

Adult divers are able to swim alongside three-metre-long sand tiger sharks, giant stingrays and many other sharks, rays and other fish species including angel sharks, tope and bull huss.

No previous diving experience is required to enter the water where visitors travelling along the 112 metre underwater walkway can watch as punters get acquainted with the marine animals.

The main display holds 4.5 million litres of seawater and is home to one of Europe’s largest collections of sharks, as well as 2,000 other marine creatures including conger eels, crabs and lobsters.

Children can have a similar experience by following a platform and enter the water where sharks are kept at arms length by a barrier.

Deep Sea World’s Paul Francis, said: “It’s a once in a lifetime opportunity, it’s something completely different.

“Kids going back to school could tell their friends about the exciting Christmas present.

He added: “The sharks are safe.  They are docile due to the cold water and are fed regularly by the aquarium staff so they have no need to nibble on any divers that may visit.”

REPORT: Clare Carswell