DOCTOR Who star Arthur Darvill fulfilled a lifetime ambition when he dived with threemetre-long sharks at the Blue Planet Aquarium.
Arthur, 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 in thef BBC Three show Doctor Who Confidential 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,” he added.
Blue Planet Aquarium is home to Europe’s largest collection of sharks. There are no fewer than 30 different species of sharks and rays on display ranging from native bull huss and dogfish to exotic guitar sharks.
The aquarium’s spectacular three million-litre Caribbean Reef Exhibit also contains some real giants of the deep.
Among them nurse sharks (maximum length 4m), lemon sharks (3.4m), black and white tip reef sharks (2.4m), zebra sharks (3.5m) stingrays (maximum width 2m) and, of course, the famous sand tiger sharks (maximum length 3.2m).
In addition to the sharks and rays the vast display is also home to around 1,500 fish including pufferfish, moray eels, trevally and triggerfish.