Mermaids Swim with Sharks in Camden

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CAMDEN, N.J. -

The Adventure Aquarium is full of unique underwater creatures all year long, but this week those creatures are joined by some tailed treasures. 

This includes a "real-life mermaid if you believe that," said Kimberly Perno, guest experience manager at Adventure Aquarium. "Right now, we have mermaid Rio swimming. So you’ll see them swimming along the window here [and] guests can come up and get up close, take their picture.” 

This is the fourth year the mermaids made a stop at the aquarium in Camden, but, it’s the first year they’ll be swimming with the sharks. 

“This is actually our second largest exhibit here at Adventure Aquarium," said Perno. "It’s 550 gallons. There’s about two dozen sharks in this exhibit.” 

And for those of you that are a bit nervous about the nine ladies swimming amongst the sharks, Adventure Aquarium says there’s no need to be concerned. 

“Sharks are friendly, that’s actually why I’m happy that we’re swimming over here," said Perno. "It kind of gives guests the opportunity to see that sharks are very friendly [and] they’re not going to bother you if you don’t bother them.”  

Along with getting a look at them flipping their fins, two mermaids will be available for some dry land fun. 

“One, to have your picture taken with, which is our mermaid meet and greet," said Perno. "We also have our mermaid autograph station. So, it’s going to be two separate mermaids." 

And visitors have been loving it so far. 

“Things have been going really well,"  said Perno. "I was here all day yesterday, really excited. The guests seem really happy, having loads of fun.

The nine magical mermaids will be swimming at the aquarium in Camden through Sunday, November, 12th.

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