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Lindsey Swims with Sharks

Lindsey comes face to face with her biggest fear when she dives with giant sharks.


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This is Blue Peter...but mini.

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Expect epic adventures, makes, bakes, badges, pets,

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presenters and your post.

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We've only got five minutes, so get ready for your Blue Peter adventure.

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In my time on Blue Peter, I've tackled some epic challenges.

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I've pushed myself to the limit physically and mentally.

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But there's always been one thing that I said I would never, ever do.

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I'm going to try and conquer my biggest fear -

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sharks.

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I've been asked to help clean

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the shark tanks at the Blue Planet Aquarium,

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and that's going to involve getting in the water,

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with the thing I'm most scared of.

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So, ever since I can remember,

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I have been terrified of big fish, like sharks,

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and I know for a lot of people this would be quite a fun,

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easy challenge and something they'd look forward to.

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But, for me, this is my worst nightmare.

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But to beat my fear, first I need to understand it,

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so I've come to meet fear expert, Dr Warren Mansell.

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So I understand you're coming to see me

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-to talk about your fear of sharks?

-Yes.

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My biggest fear of sharks is the idea of seeing a shark

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coming at my face, like, swimming at me. That gives me anxiety.

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Would you be able to look at some pictures of sharks now?

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Until now, I've found it hard to even look at sharks.

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So, Warren shows me pictures of them to help me get used to it.

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-Go on, just speak your mind.

-That is really scary. That's like a...

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Sea Dinosaur.

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For me, that was really hard. But the work doesn't end there.

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This challenge is only just beginning.

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It's the morning of my dive and I am so tense.

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It's time for me to meet the guys I'll be sharing a tank with.

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There's a shark looking directly at me.

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I honestly thought these sharks would just be in the distance

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somewhere doing their thing,

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and they are right up in my face looking at me.

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I really am going to be amongst them.

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Oh, my gosh, it's turning to look at me!

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SHE LAUGHS

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I'm not going to look at it.

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For most people, looking at a shark in a tank is a fun day out.

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But for me, it's my worst nightmare.

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Oh, no, sorry, actually my WORST nightmare would be

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swimming with them.

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As I get ready, all my instincts are saying, "Do not do this, Lindsey!"

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Thankfully, Dr Warren is here to help calm my nerves.

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Looking out over the tank, what are your thoughts?

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For me, the hardest part is going to be the moment

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I get in that water and see a shark for the first time.

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I don't know if I can face a shark, as it were.

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-Anything else that's going to feel comforting when you're in there?

-No.

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-I've just got to do it now, haven't I?

-I think that's right.

-Thank you.

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-I'll see you on the other side.

-OK.

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The moment has arrived.

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I'm genuinely terrified.

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I'm shaking. I'm nervous.

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The real fear is a shark coming at me, head on.

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And I think that is definitely going to happen today.

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Even with Sophie and the rest of the team here to guide me,

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the last thing I want to do is get in this water.

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UNDERWATER BREATHING

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But, I've got a job to do. Come on, Linz, you can do this! Just breathe.

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Sophie wants me to stay calm and I'm trying to remember the advice

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I was given by Dr Warren.

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But all I can think about is where the sharks are,

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and it doesn't take long to find out.

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Seeing a shark up close like this is so overwhelming.

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They feel HUGE and I feel terrified.

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The sharks are drawn to us being in the tank

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and suddenly we're surrounded.

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All along, my biggest fear has been a shark swimming directly

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towards me and THEN this happens...

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My heart is pounding.

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HEARTBEATS

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My worst nightmare just swam centimetres from my face.

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And then it dawns on me...

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I'm fine! This is actually quite fun.

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Oh, my goodness, oh, my goodness, oh, my goodness!

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This challenge has been so hard for me.

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And I'm so proud I've overcome my biggest fear.

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I just hope I've inspired you guys to do the same.

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I actually can't believe I've done that, I feel quite emotional.

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Because... Erm...

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I was really, really scared to - I don't know why I'm crying -

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I was really, really scared to go down and do that today.

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And actually the imagination of doing it wasn't

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half as bad as going down and giving it a try.

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And I'd go as far as saying I actually quite enjoyed it.

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-Would you do it again, though?

-No, I wouldn't do it again.

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Join in every Thursday on CBBC.

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Lindsey comes face to face with her biggest fear when she dives with giant sharks.


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