There are moments when I heart my job.
When asked by my good friend, Sam, editor of Sea Urchins magazine, whether I’d like to jump in The London Aquarium’s shark tank with a smattering of celebs, I thought what a smashing way to spend a weekday morning.
It was incredible being so close to these awe-inspiring creatures. They create a stillness when you simply sit and watch.
Here’s my report of the unusual and brilliant experience in full, as published on Sky Living Daily:
It’s not your average assignment, but when we were asked to jump in a shark tank with The Love Machine host Stacey Solomon, former Britain & Ireland’s Next Model contestant Imogen Leaver and presenter Jeff Brazier, jump we did.
But Stacey wasn’t anxious about being surrounded by seas’ most majestic killers one bit – in fact, she couldn’t get in that wetsuit fast enough for a gander at the big fish.
It was a different story for Jeff, who nervously waited in his neoprene get-up.
But after a few dunks underwater, masks on, the gang were grinning like kiddies. We huddled together, only separated from the sharp-toothed creatures by mesh, and had a whale of a time.
Come on, you’ve got to allow us one fishy joke.
We spotted sand tiger sharks, blacktip reef sharks, nurse sharks and a shoal of shiny, inquisitive batfish – and kept our fingers well away from all of them.
Celebrity Fish Fact #269: Stacey’s favourite species in the tank was a bowmouth guitarfish. There you go.
Issue 2 of Sea Urchins is available from the iStore now – Stacey and the gang’s shark tale will feature in the next issue.
By Karli Drinkwater.