Sleep Next to 35 Sharks With Airbnb

Contest winners will spend night in Paris aquarium's shark tank
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 29, 2016 9:53 AM CDT
Sleep Next to 35 Sharks With Airbnb
Looks comfy.   (Airbnb)

Why swim with sharks when you can sleep with them instead? Three lucky couples will get that chance: Those who submit the best essay on why they deserve to sleep next to sharks will win a free one-night stay for two in a transparent bedroom suspended at the center of the shark tank at the Aquarium de Paris in April, per Business Insider and Metro. Airbnb will fly the winners and their guests to Paris where they'll enjoy a meal, a tour of the aquarium, "breathtaking" views, and a show. Free-diver and underwater photographer Fred Buyle will "dance alongside the sharks" as winners watch from a circular bed. They'll then snooze alongside 35 sharks and a goldfish in a bowl—but "no selfies after dark. Remember, sharks are sensitive to light."

There are a few other conditions: Visitors must be at least 18 years old, weigh less than 418 pounds combined, and be able to climb in and out of the bedroom. And "no sleepwalking or night swimming" will be permitted. "We're thrilled to be the first aquarium in the world to offer this chance for people to be more than simply visitors, but to get such an 'immersive' experience," the aquarium's CEO tells the Irish Independent. Entries will be accepted until midnight on Sunday with winners announced on social media on April 9. Sadly, you won't be able to book the bedroom after the contest wraps up. The structure—previously tested in the Mediterranean Sea—will then transform into a study area for researchers. (This contest winner slept among 6 million dead bodies.)

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