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Sharks impress at Schaumburg aquatic show

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  • Jaymes Parker of St. Charles and his daughter, Lucinda, 3, view the shark tank during the Chicago Aquatic Experience Show, held at the Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center Saturday.

       Jaymes Parker of St. Charles and his daughter, Lucinda, 3, view the shark tank during the Chicago Aquatic Experience Show, held at the Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center Saturday.
    JOE LEWNARD | Staff Photographer

  • A nurse shark swims in its tank during the Chicago Aquatic Experience Show, held at the Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center Saturday.

       A nurse shark swims in its tank during the Chicago Aquatic Experience Show, held at the Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center Saturday.
    JOE LEWNARD | Staff Photographer

  • Discus fish are displayed by Aqua Visions Aquatic Warehouse during the Chicago Aquatic Experience Show, held at the Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center Saturday.

       Discus fish are displayed by Aqua Visions Aquatic Warehouse during the Chicago Aquatic Experience Show, held at the Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center Saturday.
    JOE LEWNARD | Staff Photographer

  • Jim Nielsen of Yorkville and his son Easton, 1, view discus fish displayed by Aqua Visions Aquatic Warehouse during the Chicago Aquatic Experience Show, held at the Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center Saturday.

       Jim Nielsen of Yorkville and his son Easton, 1, view discus fish displayed by Aqua Visions Aquatic Warehouse during the Chicago Aquatic Experience Show, held at the Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center Saturday.
    JOE LEWNARD | Staff Photographer

 
 

They came for the koi and were captivated by the nurse sharks.

Jaymes Parker and his daughter, Lucinda, 3, who have a koi pond at their St. Charles home, were among hundreds of enthusiasts attending the Aquatic Experience Chicago event at the Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center in Schaumburg Saturday. The highlight for the pair was clearly the "Live Shark Encounter" tank.

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"It's a great show. My daughter was actually very excited about the sharks," Parker said. "I've always been a big shark lover, and my daughter has followed suit as well."

In addition to the shark tank, a koi pond, which appeared to be very popular with children, held a prominent location in the center of the exhibition hall. Tropical fish, aquariums, plants, equipment and supplies were among the items displayed at the booths of the event's 65 exhibitors. The three-day event continues 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. Details are at aquaticexperience.org.

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