They came for the koi and were captivated by the nurse sharks.
Jaymes Parker and his daughter, Lucinda, 3½, 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.