Go swimming with Whale sharks

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Many of the larger public aquariums allow visitors the opportunity of swimming with sharks, but Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta, U.S. offers you the chance to swim with the four Whale sharks in its 6.3 million gal. Ocean Voyager tank.

For $225/£148 you get 30 minutes of snorkel-time with the largest fish in the world.

There's an instructional session beforehand lasting 90 minutes. Guests swim at the surface with a floatation device and air supplied by either a small compressed air cylinder or a snorkel — all necessary equipment is provided. You also get a certificate of participation, t-shirt and souvenir photo.

Alternatively, if you're an Open Water certified diver, you can opt to SCUBA dive with these gentle giants at a cost of £325/£213, again with equipment provided.

Along with the Whale sharks, your swim will also get you in close contact with manta rays, Goliath groupers, several other species of shark, plus thousands of smaller fish. Your swimming experience is filmed, so you can buy a DVD to take away with you.

Participants also get to view some behind-the-scenes areas of the Georgia Aquarium.

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