CAMDEN, N.J. (WPVI) --Starting Friday, you can look at sharks in a whole new way at Adventure Aquarium in Camden. After three-and-a-half months of careful work, the Shark Bridge is opening.
"You're going to get to see staff at work. You get to see divers get into the exhibit, clean the exhibit, or a husbandry staff pole feed our sharks," said Kim Perno, Guest Experience Manager. "And it really gives you that behind the scenes view that guests never had before."
And that view comes from right overhead on what's being called the longest V-shaped rope suspended bridge of its kind. While you walk the 81 feet across, be sure to look down so you don't miss nearly 30 sandbar, sand tiger and nurse sharks.
"You can see 10-, 12-, 14-feet sharks below you," said Perno.
Just imagine building it.
"It's not your average job site," said Project Manager Douglas Hess.
Hess says building this bridge took 4 tons of steel, 148 bolts, enough rope to span the length of 63 football fields and a little bit of courage.
"Most guys have never seen sharks this close, let alone worked over top of them," said Hess.
Since January, a crew of about 20 would use harnesses, scaffolding and other safety precautions as they worked on these rafts. Over the last week, they've been adding the finishing touches. Now the bridge is ready to go.
When walking across the rope bridge, it does move slightly from side to side. Between that and the sharks down below, it does get your heart rate going a little bit, but it is fun.
The Shark Bridge is free with aquarium admission - if you dare.