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Shark Tunnel

A Stock Video Game Setting consisting of an underwater tunnel with glass walls. Expect to see all sorts of fish and aquatic life on the other side of the glass. Actual sharks are common, but not required.

These are especially common in Racing Games as a Justified Under the Sea race course.

Compare Under the Sea and Down the Drain.

These actually exist, as Wikipedia can attest.


Examples:

Adventure Game
  • The minecart in Riven goes through one on its way from Jungle to Crater Island. Later, there's the underwater viewing room on Survey Island.

Action Adventure
  • In Super Metroid, Brinstar has a section where it crosses over Maridia, where a short Shark Tunnel separates them. A well placed Power Bomb shatters the glass, allowing free travel between the two.
  • It makes an appearance in Onimusha 2 and 3. In the former, if you stand still near the glass and absorb souls for a while, a large shark will appear and chomp a school of smaller fish, giving you yellow souls.
  • Jaws Unleashed: A rare Inversion, where the protagonist is on the outside of the tunnel.
  • MediEvil has The Lake, in which you walk through a tunnel of water, magically frozen in place by crystals. Outside are huge, blue elephant fish, which constantly trumpet as they swim around.

First-Person Shooter
  • Half-Life: Opposing Force has these in the "Crush Depth" level.
  • BioShock has a lot of these tunnels linking the habitats of Rapture, with one tunnel featured early-on in an impressive set-piece where a wrecked plane crashes into the tunnel and starts flooding it.
  • At least one level of Knight Mysteries Of The Sith features one, only with Drugons. Oh, and you are in the pool with them and must find your way inside in order to proceed.
  • Shadow Warrior has this as part of the undersea enemy base in the "Water Torture" level. You first see it from the outside as you dive into the waters, and later get to walk through it.

MMORPG
  • World of Warcraft has one of these, albeit as a mode of transportation and not an actual combat zone, called the Deeprun Tram.

Platform Game

Racing Game
  • In Star Wars Episode I Racer, the Aquilaris track has these linking the various floating cities.
  • In F-Zero GX, Big Blue has these appear, with a giant fish visible.
  • Stunt Race FX: Even with the blocky early polygonal graphics, two out of three of the water-themed tracks had these, with sharks and sunken ships visible.
  • Extreme G 2. Its not surprising that another futuristic racing game has a Shark Tunnel in it, with the best examples being Aquanor and Hydra Prime.
  • Mario Kart Wii's Koopa Cape track, which was then averted when it reappeared in its successor to fit its new underwater-driving gimmick.
  • Ridge Racer 3D's Oceanfront Cruise Way.
  • Megarace: The Maeva tracks take place mostly in underwater glass tunnels.
  • Need for Speed III has an underwater tunnel on the Aquatica course.
  • Roo's Tubes from Crash Team Racing and Deep Sea Driving from Crash Nitro Kart
  • Cruisin' USA, and its Spiritual Successor, California Speed, both have a track with this.
  • The Beginner course in Scud Race / Sega Super GT has two of these, the first of which is called the "Dolphin Tunnel".
  • Sonic and Sega All-Stars Racing:
    • The "Ocean Ruin" track. It even has a loop-de-loop!
    • The sequel has one based on a level from Burning Rangers.
  • Wipeout Pulse's Vostok Reef.
    • And Qoron IV in 64.
  • Rollcage Stage II.

Rail Shooter
  • Sin and Punishment 2's 3rd stage is one that is pretty much made of nothing more than air that's been "dug" through the ocean.

Role-Playing Game
  • Final Fantasy VII has the pathway to the underwater reactor at Junon.
  • Pokémon Black 2 and White 2 have one that runs between Undella town and Humilau City, where you can see various water Pokémon, and in some rare instances you can see Wailord passing over the tunnel.

Non-Video Game Examples
  • Animorphs 15: The team end up in one of these while trying to acquire sharks for their next mission. Ax assumes it's just an enormous screen, and is surprised to learn that they're actually surrounded by sharks with only "poorly-made human plastic" protecting them. When they get caught by a Controller, Marco asks Ax "Just how poorly made is human plastic?" and Ax smashes the glass with his tail-blade.
  • Jaws 3D has an underwater tunnel that gets attacked by the shark.
  • Truth in Television: The original Shark Tunnel is the one at the Shark Encounter exhibit, at Sea World of Florida, Orlando.
  • In the "Unfinished Business" season of The Amazing Race, there's a Roadblock where one member of each team has to dive into a tank of this type in order to find their clue.
  • The underwater train stations in Dinosaur Train.
  • Atlantis resort in Bermuda has a waterslide that goes through a shark tunnel.
  • The Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta has a huge tank with one of these through it; the tank includes several huge rays and sharks, including one of the world's only captive whale-sharks. It's...kinda creepy when it passes overhead.
  • Deep Sea World in North Queensferry, Scotland, has one of the world's longest. The tank is mostly home to species found around the coast of Scotland, but also includes a collection of sand tiger sharks, presumably largely for the coolness factor.
  • The tank at the Oregon Coast Aquarium which used to hold Keiko (of Free Willy fame) has since been converted into one of these.
  • The Oceanarium in Bournemouth, UK has one of these.
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