A STAR of Doctor Who fulfilled a lifetime ambition when he dived with three-metre-long sharks at the Blue Planet Aquarium.
Arthur Darvill, who plays Rory Williams in the BBC show, took the plunge in the aquarium’s massive 3.8 million-litre Caribbean Reef display surrounded by sharks, stingrays and eels.
The 29-year-old’s dive was featured on the edition of BBC Three show Doctor Who Confidential broadcast on Saturday.
“Something that has both excited and terrified me is the idea of swimming with sharks,” said Arthur.
“I just think they are such fascinating and amazing creatures.
“I’ve been snorkelling a few times but to be able to swim with them in a controlled environment is just awesome.
“It was like something from James Bond, just stepping into this giant pool with massive sharks. I was fairly nervous but also really excited.”
Blue Planet Aquarium is home to Europe’s largest collection of sharks. There are 30 species of sharks and rays on display, ranging from native bull huss and dogfish to exotic guitar sharks.
The aquarium’s three-million-litre Caribbean Reef Exhibit also contains some real giants of the deep.
Among them are nurse sharks (maximum length four metres), lemon sharks (maximum length 3.4m), black and white tip reef sharks (maximum length 2.4m), zebra sharks (maximum length 3.5m) stingrays (maximum width 2m) and sand tiger sharks (maximum length 3.2m).
The vast display is also home to about 1,500 fish, including pufferfish, moray eels, trevally and triggerfish.