Discovery Cove to offer guests chance to swim with sharks

Guests can swim with sharks, stingrays in new experience

ORLANDO, Fla. – Visitors to Discovery Cove will have the ability to swim with sharks and stingrays in a new exhibit announced by SeaWorld on Thursday. 

The exhibit comes in honor of Shark Awareness Day on July 14, giving visitors the opportunity to have "closer-than-ever encounters," allowing them to swim with five different species of sharks, the theme park said.

Including the Pacific blacktip, reef whitetip, nurse shark, zebra shark and the spotted wobbegong, guests will be able to learn about the sharks' anatomy and the issues these animals face when in the wild.

The experience is for guests ages 10 and older and costs $85 per person. According to SeaWorld, 5 percent of all the proceeds will be donated to the Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation, an organization supporting shark conservation and research. 

In addition to swimming with the sharks, visitors can also take part in a new ray feeding exhibit, giving guests the chance to feed stingrays during a private tour. Costing $50, guests ages 6 and older can learn about the species while hand-feeding the creatures.

The new opportunities require a Dolphin Swim or Day Resort reservation at Discovery Cove. Recommended advanced booking can be made at discoverycove.com