GIANT AQUARIUMS, THE RACE TO THRILLS
A dive into the fascinating world of modern arenas
Today, more than 40 giant aquariums compete for 3 million tourists who come to admire the marine fauna.
To attract them, these destinations are going after the ultimate star: the shark. Casting one means, at least, 20% more visitors per year. But to work it must be a massive and scary specimen like the bull shark for instance. It looks the part, and its price has exploded accordingly in the past few years to nearly 30,000 euros.
How is this marine animal market being played between aquariums and suppliers around the world? How are the shows created and how do they deal with security requirements, search for thrills, and management of wild animals?