Edmond woman wins chance to swim with bull sharks at Oklahoma Aquarium

Edmond woman wins chance to swim with bull sharks at Oklahoma Aquarium (KTUL)

More than a thousand people entered the Swim with the Bull Sharks Contest at the Oklahoma Aquarium.

Some as far away as Alaska and Hawaii.

But there could only be one winner. Her name is Jodi Cooper from Edmond.

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She was on a trip to Italy during the drawing on Friday, so Ann Money with the Oklahoma Aquarium gave her the news over the phone.

Money said bull sharks are quite dangerous.

"They're the top three most dangerous sharks," she said. "In fact, the movie Jaws was not a great white. It was actually based on a bull shark and some attacks that happened in a river in New Jersey in 1916."

So why would anyone want to swim with them?

"One of the things I'm most excited about with this is taking away that stigma about how dangerous they are," said Money.

She said they don't expect anything to go wrong, but they do take precautions.

"We'd feel a little bit silly if somebody got hurt and we didn't take some precautions," said Money.

Cooper and the staff who will dive alongside her will wear chain mail suits weighing around 45 to 50 pounds.

We talked with Cooper on the phone right after Money told her she won.

"I did not, I did not expect this at all," she said. "I am so excited."

Cooper said she's made many dives before this, but never with a bull shark.

Money said they'd like to set up the dive for Monday, July 23, to kick off Shark Week, but as of now, it's too soon to know for sure when it will happen.

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