The Shark Aquarium
Love sharks? Live in a Shark Aquarium. This is your once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to sleep in an underwater bedroom, where the only thing separating you from your neighbors is the 360-degree transparent wall.
Ever gaze into an aquarium and wonder what it’s like to live under water? Imagine yourself submerged in three million liters, in an aquarium ten meters deep, alongside 35 of the most majestic creatures on Earth: sharks! Experience what it’s like, even for a night, to live amongst these feared creatures. This is your once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to sleep in a underwater bedroom, where the only thing separating you from your neighbors is the 360-degree transparent wall.
On April 11th, 12th and 13th, the Aquarium de Paris is hosting the first-ever sleepover in our Shark Aquarium. Your home for the night is unlike any other ever built: a peaceful enclosure with a large cylindrical bed and breathtaking, immersive views of your new sharp-toothed friends.
Three lucky winners and their guests will be welcomed by host, Fred Buyle, a world record-breaking freediver, underwater photographer, and shark enthusiast. He’ll dance alongside the sharks, the ideal introduction to your neighbors for the night. Once you’re settled, Fred and one of our marine biologists will guide you on a tour through the aquarium, and provide an exclusive behind-the-scenes glimpse into the world of sharks: how they live, why they’re so misunderstood, and their importance to the ocean’s ecosystem.
During check-in, you’ll be shown to your bedroom for the night. Our home is your home, so get comfortable, as your host will dive into the tank and formally introduce you to a few of your neighbors for the evening. You’ll enjoy an intimate meal inside our aquarium, with gorgeous tank-side views of your favorite neighbors.
Opened in 1867 and located in front of the iconic Eiffel Tower, the Aquarium de Paris was the first built anywhere in the world. Your submarine bedroom will live on even after you leave, acting as an observatory for our biologists to study the behaviors of these majestic fish.
How can you be the first to ever spend a night at home with the sharks? Tell us a little about yourself, where you live and why you belong with the sharks for a night by 11:59 p.m. CET on April 3rd, 2016.
Not local? No worries. We’ll fly the winners in from anywhere in the world.
You and your guest should be over 18 years old, medically fit and able to climb into and out of the bedroom. Note that for safety reasons, the winner and their guest must not exceed 190 kilograms or 418 lbs. You must be available to spend the night on April 11-13.
Submissions should be between 50-500 characters or less in English, French, German, Spanish, Italian or Portuguese and 50-300 character or less in Chinese (Simplified or Traditional), Japanese or Korean.
•No selfies after dark. Remember, sharks are sensitive to light.
•Avoid seeing Jaws before your sleepover. They’re kinder than you think!
•No sleepwalking or night swimming.
•Don’t eat the chum.
•Keep your heads and feet in the bedroom at all times.
•Sheep can’t swim, so count sharks instead.
•Don’t take the bait.
TERMS AND CONDITIONS
Night At the Paris Shark Aquarium on April 11, 12 and 13th, 2016
NO PURCHASE OR PAYMENT NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. A PURCHASE OR PAYMENT WILL NOT INCREASE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING.
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Sponsor. The Sponsor of this Contest (“Contest”) is Airbnb Ireland, The Watermarque Building, South Lotts Road, Dublin 4, Ireland (“Airbnb”).
How to Enter. Participants who have reached the age of 18 at the time of participation, may enter the Contest from Tuesday, March 29th, 2016 at 10:00am Central European Time until April 3rd, 2016 at 11:59 pm Central European Time by following the process below. Submissions must be received through the below process by the close of the Contest to be eligible.
Process: To participate in the Contest and to try to win the prize described below, you have to:
Sign in with an Airbnb account
Go to the “Night At the Shark Aquarium” listing page
Click on the button 'Enter to win' and tell us a little about yourself, where you live and why you belong with the sharks for a night? In the form provided write your story addressing the questions above between 50 characters and 500 characters in English, German, Spanish, French, Italian, Portuguese, or between 50 characters and 300 characters in Chinese (Simplified or Traditional), Japanese or Korean.
The Submission must be sent from the email account associated with the participant’s Airbnb account to be verified and reviewed. Each participant can only participate once and you represent that you are more than 18 years old. Airbnb is not responsible for computer or network problems, problems with servers, problems with email accounts or the failure to receive any Submission for any reason whatsoever. By entering the Contest, participants agree, on their behalf and if applicable any guest that as a winner they are permitted to share the prize with (who must be a registered Airbnb user), that they may be contacted by Airbnb in relation to the Contest and agree to take part in any publicity that occurs as a result of the Contest and grant Airbnb and their Partner and their agents the right to use their name and/or image and/or town/country of residence.
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Before entering into the Contest, participants shall take into account that they will be sleeping in a bedroom chamber located within a shark tank. To access the bedroom they will need to be physically capable of climbing a ladder. The bedroom chamber contains one double bed which participants must be willing to share with their guest. For safety reasons, due to the limited weight capacity of the bedroom, the maximum weight of the winner and their guest must not exceed 190 kgs or 418 lbs. Participants and their guests agree to be weighed prior to entering the bedroom chamber and if their combined weight exceeds 190 kgs or 418 lbs, they will not be allowed to enter the bedroom chamber and will forfeit the prize.
The participants represent that they and their guest are fully able to receive, use and enjoy the prize of this Contest, in view of the above restrictions, and that they do not suffer from any health issue which may make Night at the Shark Aquarium unsuitable for them. In addition, the participants acknowledge and agree that, before awarding the prize to the winner, Airbnb may require the winner and his/her guest to provide a medical certificate based on a medical examination to confirm their ability to spend one night at the Paris Shark Aquarium.
Winner Selection. Three participants will be selected from the Submissions and will be nominated winners and best story writers of the Contest. The winners will be chosen entirely on merit, based on the following criteria applied by a panel of judges:
Originality and creativity of the submitted story. Does it surprise and delight us?
Spirit of the submission. How does your submission answer the question about why you belong with the sharks for a night?
The panel of judges will be comprised of members of the marketing teams of Airbnb and/or other authorized personnel or consultants chosen by Airbnb, and one independent judge. If substantially similar Submissions are submitted by different entrants, judges will select only the best version of that idea, as determined by the judges in their sole discretion.
Prohibited Content. Submissions/content must be the original work of the participant and not have been previously published, or entered in any other competition, and must not violate the rights of any other party, including but not limited to intellectual property rights or rights of privacy, publicity or other moral rights. Submissions must NOT contain: (a) advertising or commercial content for any party other than Airbnb or Partner; (b) content that endorses/promotes illegal or harmful activity; (c) violent, profane, vulgar, obscene, defamatory or otherwise objectionable material; (d) adult material; or (e) defamatory content. The Sponsor reserves the right to disqualify any participant who violates these prohibitions or any other provision of these Official Rules, or that the Sponsor deems inappropriate for any reason, in their sole discretion.
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Prize. Each winner will receive, in recognition of their personal writing talent and as full and comprehensive consideration for the License described above, the following prize for himself/herself and one adult guest:
A private visit of the Aquarium de Paris and tour by a marine biologist (conducted in English and/or French)
A private dinner for 2 in the Aquarium de Paris
A one night stay in the L'Aquarium de Paris on one of these dates: April 11, 12 or 13, 2016
Breakfast the next morning
The round trip to Paris – Economy class tickets
The prize described here above does not include: visa fees, airport transfers from the winner’s home to/from their airport or train station, expenses, any meals (except for the dinner and breakfast at the Aquarium de Paris), and any other expenses.
Winners will be chosen to enjoy the prize on ONE night determined by Airbnb, between April 11, 12 or 13, 2016 and Participants represent that they are available to travel to Paris to be there on April 11, 12 or 13, 2016. Participants must have a valid passport (or EU Identity Card) to travel to France during the period of the trip to redeem the prize. The total value of the prize is approximately 2,000EUR (or the equivalent in local currency) including a round trip to Paris in economy class. The Sponsor is allowed to ask for a written confirmation or proof of the place of residence and age of the winners and any guest(s) they are permitted to share the prize with before awarding the prize. No substitution or transfer of the prize is permitted. The prize may not be redeemed for cash. If due to circumstances beyond Airbnb's control, Airbnb is unable to provide the stated prize, Airbnb reserves the right to award, as substitute, a prize of equal or higher value.
Notification/Announcement of Winner.
The winner(s) will be selected on April 9th, 2016 and announced on social media. Winner will be notified by phone and email via the Airbnb message centre within 24 hours. Each winner must confirm their acceptance of the Prize in writing within 12 hours of such notification. The Sponsor reserves the right to disqualify any winner who does not confirm acceptance of the Prize in accordance with these Official Rules, and reserves the right to select an alternative winner in such event. In the event of a dispute about the identity of a winner, the Sponsor will award the prize to the authorized account holder of the Airbnb account from which the winning entry was sent. The Sponsor may publicly announce the name of the winner within 30 days of the close of the Contest, including through social media channels.
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О хозяине Fred
Hi, I’m Fred Buyle. I discovered freediving when I was ten and set my first world record 20 years ago. A few years later, I became the 8th person to pass the 100m barrier on one breath of air. I come from a long line of artists and photographers, so I decided to blend this love of freediving with my passion for photography. Besides, what better way to share with others the beauty of the underwater world?
I also work closely with marine biologists and other conservationists to help educate people about the modern dangers to the sea life. I’m a huge shark enthusiast. Not only have I dived into the Paris Aquarium shark tank 4 times in the past two years, I’ve been on countless wilderness swims in the open ocean.
I’m excited to introduce you to your new sharp-toothed neighbors.
Bonjour, je m’appelle Fred Buyle. J’ai commencé la plongée à l’âge de 10 ans. Il y a 20 ans, je réalisais mon premier record mondial et quelques années plus tard, je suis devenu la 8ème personne au monde à passer la barrière des 100 mètres de profondeur en apnée. J’ai grandi dans un milieu d’artistes et de photographes, et aujourd’hui j’ai trouvé un moyen d’allier mes deux passions : le monde aquatique et la photo. C’est aussi une excellente façon de faire découvrir aux autres la beauté de nos océans.
Je collabore également avec des océanologues et des conservateurs pour sensibiliser l’opinion sur la situation du monde marin, qui est aujourd’hui plus menacé que jamais, et je suis passionné par les requins. J’adore explorer les fonds marins, et ces deux dernières années, j’ai effectué plusieurs plongées dans l’aquarium des requins de Paris.
J’ai hâte de vous présenter vos nouveaux voisins !
안녕하세요! 프레드 뷜르(Fred Buyle)입니다. 저는 열 살부터 프리다이빙에 심취하기 시작했고 20년 전에 첫 세계신기록을 수립했습니다. 그로부터 몇 년 후, 세계에서 여덟 번째로 숨을 쉬지 않고 한 번에 수심 100m까지 잠수하는 데 성공했지요. 예술과 사진에서도 오랫동안 실력을 쌓아왔던 저는 프리다이빙과 사진이라는 두 분야에 대한 저의 열정을 가지고 무언가를 해보면 좋겠다는 생각을 갖게 되었습니다. 게다가 바닷속 세상의 아름다움을 알리는 데 이보다 더 좋은 방법도 없잖아요?
저는 또한 해양생물학자와 환경운동가들과 함께 오늘날 해양생물이 직면한 위험을 사람들에게 알리는 일을 합니다. 저는 상어를 아주 사랑하는 사람으로 지난 2년 동안 파리 수족관의 상어 수조에 4차례나 입수했을 뿐만 아니라 셀 수 없이 많은 해양잠수 경험을 갖고 있습니다.
상어 친구들을 여러분께 소개해 드릴 생각에 한껏 마음이 설레네요.
Hi, ich bin Fred Buyle. Ich habe im Alter von zehn Jahren meine Leidenschaft für Freediving entdeckt und meinen ersten Weltrekord vor 20 Jahren aufgestellt. Einige Jahre später wurde ich die 8. Person auf der Welt, die mit nur einem einzigen Atemzug 100 Meter tief tauchen konnte. In meiner Familie gab es immer viele Künstler und Fotografen, deswegen habe ich mich dazu entschieden, meine Liebe zum Freediving mit meiner Leidenschaft für schöne Fotos zu verknüpfen. Und was gibt es für einen besseren Weg, um anderen die Schönheit der Unterwasserwelt zu zeigen?
Ciao, mi chiamo Fred Buyle. A 10 anni ho scoperto le immersioni e, 2 decenni fa, ho ottenuto il mio primo record mondiale. Qualche tempo dopo sono diventato l’ottava persona al mondo in grado di superare la barriera dei 100 metri con un’unica boccata d’aria. In famiglia siamo sempre stati artisti e fotografi, così ho deciso di unire la mia passione per le immersioni con quella per la fotografia. Quale modo migliore per condividere con gli altri le bellezze del mondo subacqueo?
Collaboro da vicino con biologi marini e con altri ambientalisti, aiutando a sensibilizzare la gente sui pericoli che minacciano l’ecosistema marino. Ovviamente, sono un grande estimatore degli squali. Non solo mi sono immerso nelle acque dell’Acquario di Parigi ben 4 volte negli ultimi 2 anni, ma ho anche (Website hidden by Airbnb) innumerevoli sessioni di esplorazione in mare aperto.
Sono davvero lieto di potervi presentare i vostri nuovi amici marini!
Oi, sou o Fred Buyle. Descobri o mergulho livre aos 10 anos e conquistei meu primeiro recorde mundial 20 anos atrás. Alguns anos depois, tornei-me a 8ª pessoa a ultrapassar a barreira dos 100 metros com uma única inspiração. Minha família tem uma longa tradição em arte e fotografia, portanto decidi mesclar a paixão pelo mergulho livre com minha paixão pela fotografia. Além do mais, existe maneira melhor de compartilhar com os outros a beleza do mundo aquático?
Também desenvolvo um trabalho com biólogos marinhos e outros conservacionistas para ajudar a educar as pessoas sobre os perigos atuais enfrentados pela vida marinha. Sou um grande entusiasta dos tubarões. Não só mergulhei no tanque de tubarões do Aquário de Paris 4 vezes nos últimos 2 anos, mas também já fiz inúmeros mergulhos livres em mar aberto.
Não vejo a hora de lhe apresentar seus novos vizinhos com os dentes mais afiados que você já viu.
Hola, soy Fred Buyle. Descubrí la inmersión libre cuando tenía diez años y conseguí mi primer récord mundial hace dos décadas. Unos años después, me convertí en la octava persona de la historia en romper la barrera de los 100 metros de profundidad en apnea. Procedo de una familia de artistas y fotógrafos, lo que me ha llevado a combinar mi pasión por el buceo con mi afición por la fotografía. Además, ¡no se me ocurre una forma mejor de compartir la belleza del mundo submarino con el resto de la humanidad!
También colaboro estrechamente con biólogos marinos y profesionales dedicados a la preservación del medio para concienciar a la sociedad del impacto que ejerce nuestro estilo de vida actual sobre los ecosistemas marinos. Y, por supuesto, me encantan los tiburones. No solo me he sumergido en el tanque del acuario de París cuatro veces en los dos últimos años, sino que he nadado entre ellos en mitad del océano en infinidad de ocasiones.
¡Estoy deseando presentarte a tus nuevos vecinos!