Shark Bridge, with a grand opening set for Friday, April 8, will take visitors just inches above nearly 30 remarkable sand tiger, sandbar and nurse sharks along with other animals swimming below. Guests will become part of the experience as they cross the longest, V-shaped rope suspension bridge in the world over the 21-foot deep Shark Realm exhibit. Shark Bridge is sure to be an unforgettable, one-of-a-kind thrill.
“As our guests make the journey across Shark Bridge, they will have an unprecedented perspective of the 550,000-gallon Shark Realm exhibit,” said Vince Nicoletti, Executive Director and Vice President, Adventure Aquarium. “For the first time ever, we will take visitors directly above the water, and these magnificent creatures, all while granting access to areas previously accessible only to the biologists. There’s no doubt that Shark Bridge will incite the explorer in all of us.”
Shark Bridge is constructed of almost 4 tons of steel, 148 bolts and enough rope to span the length of 63 football fields. The V-shaped bridge extends 81 feet over the Shark Realm exhibit, home to over 20 different species of fish, including sharks and stingrays.
As each guest enters Shark Bridge, they will enjoy “back of house” access to the top of Shark Realm, a first for the Aquarium. From the bridge, guests will see the exhibit’s massive life support system (LSS), which keeps Shark Realm running and its inhabitants healthy. Nurse sharks can be seen resting on the exhibit floor, while the sandbar and sand tiger sharks are easily visible swimming below. At various times, visitors walking Shark Bridge may also see behind the scenes activities such as divers entering the exhibit, sharks being fed via target poles and other guests participating in Swim with the Sharks Adventures. With each step, visitors are given more ways to connect and dive into the world of sharks.
“We hope to engage and inspire our guests to revere, not fear, these majestic and misunderstood creatures,” said Nicoletti. “Shark Bridge will leverage a thrilling and unique experience to encourage guests to make a connection between themselves, the sharks and what they can do to help long after their visit to Adventure Aquarium.”
To learn more about the brand new Shark Bridge exhibit, shark conservation efforts, the Swim with the Sharks Adventure or to purchase tickets online, visit www.AdventureAquarium.com.
Adventure Aquarium is just minutes from downtown Philadelphia on the Camden Waterfront and features one-of-a-kind exhibits with more than 8,500 aquatic species throughout two million gallons of water. The Aquarium is home to the largest collection of sharks on the East Coast, including the only Great Hammerhead shark on exhibit in the United States, the only aquarium in the world to exhibit hippos and one of only six facilities in the US to have Little Blue penguins as permanent residents. Adventure Aquarium is an accredited member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), and is held to the absolute highest standards in animal care and exhibition. Open 365 days a year, from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. For more information, visit AdventureAquarium.com.