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Oklahoma Aquarium Selects Local Woman Through Contest to Swim with Bull Sharks

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With national attention for inaugural contest, Edmond, Okla.
native Jodi Cooper was chosen among 1,039 applicants from 36 states to
dive during Shark Week

The Oklahoma Aquarium is celebrating Shark Week 2018 with an
unprecedented event – a member of the public diving with the bull
sharks. The Oklahoma Aquarium is home to the world's largest collection
of bull sharks in captivity.

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The Oklahoma Aquarium in Jenks, Okla., is celebrating Shark Week with the first-ever, public diver t ...

The Oklahoma Aquarium in Jenks, Okla., is celebrating Shark Week with the first-ever, public diver to win the chance to swim among the world's largest collection of bull sharks on Thursday, July 26 at 6 pm CDT.(Photo: Business Wire)

The Oklahoma Aquarium received 1,039 applicants from divers across 36
states as part of the inaugural contest for a chance to dive among the
10 bull sharks. The contest garnered national media attention, and
Oklahoma-native Jodi Cooper's name was drawn from among the prospective
contestants.

Cooper's dive with the bull sharks occurs on Thursday, July 26 at 6 pm
Central Standard Time at the Oklahoma Aquarium in Jenks, Okla.

An avid diver for more than 20 years, Cooper's dive suit will be
accessorized for the first time to include a specialized, 45 pound chain
mail suit. The chain mail prevents the bull shark from biting through
the suit, however, bull sharks have the strongest bite of any shark
species and can chomp with more than 1,300 pounds of force.

"My daughter sent me a news article she had read about the contest and
encouraged me to enter," said Cooper. "I absolutely love sharks. I have
a huge amount of respect for these creatures and am humbled to be a
guest in their house."

Bull sharks are best known by their aggressive behavior and are
considered one of the most dangerous of the shark species. They are
found in warm shallow waters across all oceans of the world. Bull sharks
live up to 16 years in the wild, grow from seven to 11.5 feet and weigh
anywhere between 200-500 pounds. Currently, the aquarium has 10 bull
sharks in the collection.

For more information, visit www.okaquarium.org.

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