Sleep tight and don't let the sharks bite at Paris aquarium
March 29 2016 06:20 PM
Paris Aquarium - Sharks
A diver takes pictures as people look at sharks from an underwater room structure installed in the Paris Aquarium earlier this month.


The house rules are clear: No swimming at night, keep your head and feet in the bedroom at all times, and avoid watching "Jaws" beforehand. It might put you off the sharks circling your bed.

A room with a very special view - 35 of the much feared creatures - is up for grabs at the Paris Aquarium for those looking for a night's sleep with a difference.

Submerged 10 metres deep in a tank with just a see-through wall separating guests from the sharks swimming in 3mn litres of water, the cylinder-shaped room for two is not for the faint-hearted.

But for those curious and brave enough, it will be available for three nights in April as part of a competition organised by the aquarium and holiday home rental website Airbnb.

An underwater room at the Paris Aquarium

The underwater sleepover will also aim to teach the three winners and their guests about the species.

"Sharks are really, really misunderstood ... People need to understand that sharks are not dangerous, there are only dangerous behaviours with sharks," free diver Fred Buyle, who will play host to winners staying in the room, said.

"It's a great opportunity to show people that you can swim with sharks, you can be with sharks and nothing bad happens, but also that we need to protect the sharks because they are like crucial for the ecosystem. If sharks disappear, we disappear, basically."

The structure, which was tested for durability in the waters of the Mediterranean, will be open to competition winners on April 11, 12 and 13, after which it will be a turned into a research hub.  


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