Shark and Ray Centre

We recently had the awesome privilege of visiting a Shark and Ray Centre with a large number of home educating families. It was amazing to see the initial hesitation in the children as they first put their fingers in the water, and then their toes, and finally their whole bodies. The longer we were there, the more their confidence grew, and soon they were literally swimming around with the sharks and rays. It was such an incredible, sensory, intriguing experience for us all, and definitely one that we want to repeat!

At first the idea of being so close to sharks (even babies) was quite intimidating, and the children were hesitant to put even their fingers in the water.
At first the idea of being so close to sharks (even babies) was quite intimidating, and the children were hesitant to put even their fingers in the water.
Once their confidence increased, the toes went cautiously in…..
As their confidence increased, the toes went cautiously in…..
Gradually they immersed themselves into the pool. It felt weird at first, knowing that there really were sharks in the water!
Gradually they immersed themselves into the pool. It felt weird at first, knowing that there really were sharks in the water!
Safety in numbers!
Safety in numbers!
Hey, this is actually kinda fun! Yet still a wee bit creepy....
Hey, this is actually kinda fun! Yet still a wee bit creepy….
Hmmmm these sharks are getting friendly!
Hmmmm these sharks are getting friendly!
Maybe a little TOO friendly? :)
Maybe a little TOO friendly? 🙂
Maybe some (non human) food might be a good idea? And food on a stick is a very helpful way of keeping fingers out of their mouths! Especially for those who had decided they wanted to keep bodies out of the water at this stage!
Maybe some (non human) food might be a good idea? And food on a stick is a very helpful way of keeping fingers out of their mouths! Especially for those who had decided they wanted to keep bodies out of the water at this stage!
Hey, let me have some! Manta Rays get hungry too, ya know? Don't let the sharks have all the fun!
Hey, let me have some! Manta Rays get hungry too, ya know? Don’t let the sharks have all the fun!
It’s hard to see in the photo, but this is actually a manta ray that is about 3 times bigger than it looks here, coming up for a cuddle!
It’s hard to see in the photo, but this is actually a manta ray that is about 3 times bigger than it looks here, coming up for a cuddle!
I think this warrants a closer look....
I think this warrants a closer look….
A MUCH closer look!
A MUCH closer look!
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Now this one’s more my size!
Coooool!
Coooool!
Ummmmm these are definitely de-barbed aren’t they?
Ummmmm these are definitely de-barbed aren’t they?
Trapped!
Trapped!
Maybe not!
Maybe not!
That looks like fun!
That looks like fun!
It IS fun!
It IS fun!
Up close and personal!
Up close and personal!
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Coming throoooough!
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Wanna play?
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Fine then, I’ll just play with the goggles! 🙂
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That was fun! Let’s come back again sometime!

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Karen Lee

FAMILY: Married since 1989 (does that make me old?), a full-time Mum since 1993, and unschooling my kids since 2005. On a journey of learning to live free and fully loved as God intended, following Jesus rather than an institution or "religion". Caring for the world and its people as best as I can.