Big Shark Bay Encounter

Ever wanted to pet and feed an adult shark?

In this exhibit we have several adult nurse sharks, different species of grouper and fish! The Marine Biologist will teach you the step-by-step method of behavioral training, and allow you to participate in a Florida Keys shark feeding.


A Unique Nurse Shark Interaction for All Ages

This Marathon, Florida shark feeding encounter enables guests to interact with the nurse sharks in a one-on-one basis and safely handle the sharks as they swim in and around the tank

During this encounter, our professional Marine Biologists are constantly on-hand to assist with every aspect of your Marathon shark feeding experience and, they will make sure you and your family has an outstanding experience!

Please note that this Encounter at our Florida marine park attraction does not require our visitors to get in the water to interact with our friendly nurse sharks. This is a DRY encounter, so no need to wear a bathing suit! All members of the family can safely enjoy this Encounter from the comfort of our tank deck while touching and feeding the adult nurse sharks.

All members of the family will love the hands-on interaction of this exclusive shark feeding encounter at our Marathon aquarium!

Schedule of Events

The Big Shark Bay Encounter runs daily

00:00 – 00:10 – Participants fill out Encounter Paperwork

00:10 – 00:15- Marine Biologist meets participants and gives educational info on sharks while answering any questions.

00:15 – 00:30 – Participants line up one at a time behind the window and reach over to pet and feed the shark with biologist’s lead. During this time our photographer captures all the action.

00:30 – 00:35 – Marine Biologist conducts post encounter review and informs participants where to pick up the photo.

A typical Big Shark Bay Encounter includes:

  • Exclusive access to the Big Shark Bay tank.
  • Fish for feeding our nurse sharks.
  • Ability to touch, feed and interact with adult nurse sharks.
  • Guided presentation by our professional Marine Biologist with in-depth information about the nurse sharks that you are interacting with at our Florida marine park attraction.

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Additional Information

Requirements, scheduling, and more!


All members of the family are welcome!

Children 6 and under must be accompanied by a participating parent or legal chaperone.

We can accommodate 15 people per timeslot engaging with the sharks one at a time.

You must be present and checked in inside our Florida marine park 30 minutes prior to your Encounter start time. We require a waiver to be filled out before your encounter as well.

Each Big Shark Bay Encounter lasts roughly 20 minutes.

$24.99 per participant

Big Shark Bay Encounters run daily at 11am, 1pm and 3pm.


A magical, tropical experience you won't forget.

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