Published On: Thu, Jul 5th, 2012

Parents called ‘irresponsible’ for letting 5-year-old daughter swim with the sharks Photos and Video

David and Elana Barnes provoked outraged cries of ‘irresponsible parenting’ after they posted a video of their 5-year-old daughter swimming with sharks onto YouTube.

However, they still would have let Anaia, 5, swim with sharks during their vacation in the Bahamas because ‘life is too short to be boring’, they argued on ABC‘s Good Morning America today.

The Youtube video became an internet sensation with some users slamming the Connecticut parents’ decision as ‘dangerous’ and ‘reckless’ while others praised the couple’s adventurous nature.

The video, which has been viewed more than 21,000 times since it was put up on June 20, shows 5-year-old Anaia swimming with reef, lemon and nurse sharks.

The footage shows that Anaia is swimming with instructors and a group of adults.

In the Youtube post, Elana wrote: ‘We swam with Reef, Lemon, and Nurse sharks, all very low on the aggression index, yet still very thrilling! Put it on your bucket list!’

Nurse sharks and lemon sharks are generally gentle and not aggressive towards humans whereas reef sharks are considered to be more of a threat to humans.

Anaia Barnes, age 5, swims with sharks Photo/Youtube screenshot

Photo/Youtube screenshot



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