Get Up Close With The Sharks In Myrtle Beach
Slide along the glide path in Shark Tunnel, where you can watch sharks swim mere feet above your head. My little one loves to pet the sting rays and hold the horseshoe crabs.
Ripley’s Aquarium also has several live dive shows and feedings throughout the day (times are posted by the tanks). If you like to add an educational twist to your vacation the aquarium also offers various classes for all age groups.
Myrtle Beach Insider’s Tip: Although we enjoy visits all year long my favorite time is around the winter holidays when Christmas trees representing all 50 states are displayed throughout the aquarium.
What comes to mind when someone says Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, Golf, right? Well, to a small group of hardcore anglers “SHARK” is the word that comes to mind.
Not for the Weak at Heart
The coast of the eastern seaboard from North Carolina to Georgia is prime hunting grounds for sharks, all types of sharks, and Myrtle Beach is no different. Fishing from the shores off Myrtle Beach can bring you many different types of sharks:
- Black Tip
- Sand Shark
- Even an occasional Mako
And you don’t need to hire a large fishing boat to catch them. You simply need a kayak and some serious guts!
Now, lest you think shark fishing in a kayak is not a dangerous sport, consider that during the time of the fishing discussed in this article a 10 year old boy was rushed to a hospital with shark bites to the back of his head and his upper legs.
From reports, the boy did fine and recovered, but it clearly shows that this is not a sport without risk. And for the two weeks that our anglers were in Myrtle Beach this past August, red “shark warning” flags were readily seen up and down the beach. Additionally, sharks are caught daily by anglers who are surfcasting for Bluefish. The surfcasting caught sharks typically break off due to their sheer speed and strength coupled with the often pounding effects of the surf crashing against the beach, but they are caught fairly easily.
What Does it Take
During August of 1999 Charles “Chuck” Geary and his family headed down to Myrtle Beach in search of Spinner and Black Tip sharks (the two most commonly caught species). Two years prior I had the privilege to join them on their annual pilgrimage. During that year we hooked a number of sharks but failed to bring any to the beach. With a few more years of practice, Chuck and some friends have perfected the technique and have brought back pictures to prove it
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1110 Celebrity Circle
Myrtle Beach, SC 29577-7465
These are the base prices for Aquarium tickets, but shop around for a deal and if you are local make sure you flash your local ID!
Single Aquarium Tickets
Adults (12 years and older) – $18.99
Children (Ages 6-11) – $9.99
Children (Ages 2-5) – $3.99
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