Shark diving for Shark Week

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by Javier Soto

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Posted on August 5, 2013 at 11:44 AM

Updated Wednesday, Aug 7 at 10:18 AM

PHOENIX -- It's Shark Week, the week we all vow to never swim in the ocean again. However if you're crazy like some, you go diving with the ocean predators. I am crazy. And I did dive with some sharks at Wildlife World Zoo and Aquarium. It was awesome.

Sharks are considered the great monsters of the sea. They recently met the chicken of the sea -- me. I recently went to the Wildlife World Zoo and Aquarium to get an up-close and personal understanding of the top ocean predators, and boy did they ever come close.

The 50,000-gallon tank at Wildlife World zoo is home to three types of sharks -- zebra sharks, a whitetip reef shark, and several blacktip reef sharks.

"I would say the blacktip reef shark is probably the most dangerous of the three," education curator Josh Jarnigan explained.

While swimming with Jarnigan and our fish friends, he made it a point to show me the anatomy of the predators, explaining how their bodies are designed to make them efficient hunters.

"When they swim by, get a good look at their body. See how streamline they are? They are built for speed," he said.

The curator says the biggest myth about sharks is they are man-eaters.

"Sharks can be highly aggressive but most are very docile animals," he explained.

Even cooler at the Wildlife World Zoo is you can get a rare glimpse of the so-called "man-eating monsters" while doing some eating of your own. At Dillon's restaurant, you'll share something in common with the sharks -- top of the food chain.

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