Swimming with sharks

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Florida coach Billy Donovan is taking an interesting family vacation to celebrate his 44th birthday.

Rather than making a weekend getaway to his vacation condo in nearby Crescent Beach, Donovan took an 18-hour flight to South Africa.

The mission — to swim with sharks.

Donovan doesn’t watch much TV, but when he does, he’s glued to the Discovery Channel’s Shark Week, which airs each August. He and his 12-year-old son Bryan are shark enthusiasts.

So Donovan’s wife Christine booked the eight-day trip in which Donovan and his son will watch great whites feed on seals off the coast of South Africa. For Donovan, who turns 44 on Saturday, it’s a chance to fulfill a dream while spending some quality time with his family.

The family plans to rent its own boat. Donovan will be submerged in a protective cage while scuba diving for the first time.

Here’s a link to the story with more information on the trip:

http://www.tampabay.com/sports/colleges/article1005064.ece