New shark tank at South Plains Fair draws crowds - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

9/28/09

New shark tank at South Plains Fair draws crowds

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By Tiffany Pelt - email

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - There is a new addition to the South Plains Fair, actually three new additions. Crowds can be seen at all times during day to watch the three sharks on display in a tank.

Shark owner Philip Peters has been doing shark shows for the past 15 years. Just this year the sharks have been all the way up to New Jersey and Wisconsin, and back south to Alabama, Arizona, and Utah. Lubbock is their first stop in Texas.

During the shows Peters gets into the tank with the sharks and interacts with them. "I dive in there and hopefully show these people they're not the man eating monsters they're portrayed in movies. But they are sharks and they do still bite," said Peters.

There is one Lemon Shark that's 2-years-old. The other two are Nurse Sharks that are between 10 to 20-years-old.

"Usually three sharks are the minimum, but these are pretty big. Sometimes I bring five, but they're smaller. Those two Nurse Sharks are about seven feet long," said Peters. That is only half the size nurse sharks can get.

Every year Peters releases the sharks back into the ocean and captures new ones for the next season of shows.

The shark shows are free and during the week you can catch the shows at 4 p.m., 7 p.m., and 8:30 p.m. On the weekend the shows are at 3:30 p.m., 6 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.

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2009 Panhandle South Plains Fair
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