Catch Of The Day! GB Aquathon Star vs Black Tip Reef Shark
9:06am 25th July 2014
The tank is home to green sea turtles, nurse sharks, black tip reef sharks, moray eels, whiptail stingrays, a lone grouper fish, guitar sharks and a variety of different species of fish.
Tom jumped in and assisted with the cleaning of the tank whilst also distracting the creatures by practising for his upcoming Aquathon.
When asked what was more nerve-racking; swimming in the ocean tank or representing team GB for the 2nd time in the World Championships taking place in Canada this August –
Tom said: “Oh I’m a bit nervous for both, obviously competing makes you a little nervous but representing team GB in the world championships is another ball game! Also jumping into a tank full of sharks, stingrays and moray eels is equally nail-biting but an amazing experience!
An Aquathon is a dual-discipline race consisting of a 750 metre open-water swim followed by a 5,000 meter run. Tom’s time in Cologne at the European Championships saw him scoop a time of 35 minute and 14 seconds gaining him his bronze medal.
Compared with a black tip reef shark, Tom’s top speed was likely to be in the region of 4mph and a black tip reef shark can swim up to 20mph meaning it could complete the 750 metre open-water swim in 1 minute and 24 seconds.
The creatures were curious to find Tom in the tank with many swimming over to investigate, but to Tom’s delight, no autographs were asked for!