‘Live Shark Experience’ debuts at Santa Barbara County Fair

Posted at 3:09 PM, Jul 10, 2018

A "Live Shark Experience" will debut at the Santa Barbara County Fair Wednesday. 

The exhibit will allow viewers to watch a diver swimming with sharks in a self-contained tank. During the show, there will be speakers with educational and comedic acts on marine life and sharks.  

"We’re excited to present something out of the ordinary with an opportunity for fair visitors to see these impressive animals up close," said Richard Persons, Santa Maria Fairpark CEO. 

One of the divers has been working with sharks for nearly 20 years. 

Nurse sharks are known to attack humans but they don’t like the taste of humans, according to Phillip Peters. 

"The most attacks on humans are from nurse sharks (…) but that’s because people think they are pretty docile; they go up to them, they touch them and then the nurse shark turns around and grabs you," Peters said. 

Another fun fact, sharks don’t get cancer, so they are an animal scientists like to study sharks’ biology for cancer research. 

The Live Shark Experience will be at the Santa Maria Fairpark from July 11-15.