Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Mexican couple take the plunge with underwater wedding

Over 200 certified scuba divers attended the wedding of two shark enthusiasts in Cancun, who said their vows five-metres under water. 

Alberto dal Lago, 41, and Karla Munguia, 43, decided to hold their wedding underwater to raise awareness of the plight of endangered sharks.Wearing a white gown, the bride floated next to the groom who sported a bow tie over his scuba outfit. The couple exchanged rings, signalled their vows and kissed before swimming to the surface.

The pair met when Mr dal Lago, a scuba instructor, and Ms Munguia, a real estate agent, attended a dive and realised they both had a common love for sharks. He said he was drawn to a woman who was so at ease in the water and shared his passion.

The wedding was officiated by Civil Judge Jorge Denis and his secretary, who had to learn scuba diving to lead the ceremony. Over 300 guests from South Africa, Egypt, Brazil, France and Italy were invited to the watery wedding but only 205 were able to attend, dashing the couple's hopes of breaking the world record for the largest attendance at an underwater wedding. The current record was set by an Italian couple who had 261 guests at their ceremony in 2010.

Shark populations are being depleted by overfishing and changes in their ecosystem brought on by human activity. According to the International Union for the Conservation of Nature, 50 of the world's 300 shark species are listed as vulnerable, endangered or critically endangered.


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