Mandalay Bay’s Shark Reef Aquarium

This is the first time I’ve returned to the Vegas Strip since my very first afternoon here almost two weeks ago. And in going to Shark Reef Aquarium, I am still sticking to my pledge not to see the inside of any of the casinos.  😉

Yeh, OK, it’s primary purpose is to draw people in to gamble their money away in a swanky faux-caribbean resort, and certainly there are things to be said about having a shark aquarium in the middle of the damn desert. But the Shark Reef is actually a very nice aquarium (and it’s AZA certified). I chatted with several of the docents, and they were far better-informed and knowledgeable about the sea life on display than I expected would be the case.

So here are some photos from a visit.

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Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino

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The Aquarium grounds are lushly landscaped

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Komodo Dragon

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Saltwater Crocodile

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A tank full of Red-Belly Piranha

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Green Tree Monitor. Monitor lizards are always fun to watch–very curious and active.

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Bonnethead Shark

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Underwater viewing tunnel

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An Australian stingray

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Pacific Octopus

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Pacific Sea Stars

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The traveling exhibit at the Aquarium featured mounted plasticized dissected bodies of sea creatures. This is a Blue Crab.

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Ocean Sunfish

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Sand Tiger Shark

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Emperor Penguin

 

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