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Sharks and politics: Aquarium ready for RNC

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It's only a month away – the Republication National Convention that is.

An invasion is about to occur, and this time it won't be pirates.

The Gasparilla Pirate Festival is one of Tampa Bay's events that bring in thousands of people to the area.

This invasion will be much bigger than that, something we have never seen before.

The RNC has its very own invasion plan, a plan that includes much more than the Tampa Bay Times Forum and The Convention Center.

Somehow, the thought of sharks and politicians mixed together make people laugh.

The delegates of the RNC will settle for a few less jokes, but take on a lot of smiles.

Since we live here, most of us already know what a sensation the Florida Aquarium is compared to our small fish tanks at home.

This will be a huge chance for the delegates of some states to see sharp-toothed tiger sharks this up close and personal.

Aquarium officials say this event is bigger than their previous top draw: the Super Bowl.

"Much bigger, I mean we've had a Super Bowl here, multiple Super Bowls in Tampa." said Jason Carroll. "This convention has been giant."

Carroll does know how to prepare for an event that literally packs the aquarium to its collective gills.

"We have to bring in a lot more staff," explained Carroll. "We're here so much longer when you start at 8 in the morning until 2 in the morning. Our normal hours are 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. So we're bringing in 30 to 50 additional staff members."

Less than a month to go and the aquarium is totally booked through the entire convention.

"The clock is ticking," RNC's front man Kyle Downey explained. "The days on the calendar are ripping away, and the event is getting closer and closer and there's a lot of work that still needs to be done."

But everything continues to shape up.

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