Shark Reef, Las Vegas

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  • Jellyfish
    Jellyfish
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  • Shark Reef Aquarium
    Shark Reef Aquarium
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  • Shark Reef Aquarium
    Shark Reef Aquarium
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  • Sharks, fish, and more

    by macphile Written May 11, 2013
    Jellyfish

    Tucked away in the MGM is an aquarium that houses an alligator, various lizards and fish, sharks, jellyfish, a huge octopus, and a stingray touch pool. I quite enjoyed the jellyfish and the octopus (I wonder if they have a hard time keeping him in his tank). The sharks actually bored me a little--maybe I'm just at that age. :-)

    A very entertaining guide (Tammy?) gave us an explanation of how piranhas got their false reputation as killer fish. She later talked about how stingrays are used medically.

    All in all, I quite enjoyed my visit, but I wish there had been more of it. I proceeded to the next section, only to find an exit sign.

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    Get your photos done at Shark Reef

    by kris-t Updated Nov 11, 2012

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    Shark Reef offers your pictures with their inhabitants, it's cool, well done and fun for everyone.

    In our case it worked better than regulas souvenirs.

    One photo will cost you $20, two - $23 (at first they are trying to sale two photos for $39 but one of them with the frame, which looks a little bit tasteless for our taste).

    NOTE: If you want to get digital copies by e-mail you would need to pay extra (s/t like $18 each).

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    Visit The Shark Reef

    by kris-t Updated Nov 1, 2012

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    Shark Reef Aquarium features dangerous and unusual aquatic animals from the world's tropical waters and takes you on a journey through an ancient temple slowly being claimed by the sea.

    The largest exhibit is the very impressive 1.3 million gallon shipwreck where visitors experience an almost 360-degree view, teeming with sharks and fish, through an acrylic tunnel.

    More than 2,000 animals are displayed at Shark Reef Aquarium, over 100 different species and featuring 15 species of sharks.

    Admission:
    Adults: $18.00
    Children (5-12): $12.00
    Children (4 & under): free

    Hours:
    Sunday - Thursday:
    10:00 a.m. - 8 p.m.
    Friday & Saturday:
    10:00 a.m. - 10 p.m.
    Last admission one hour prior to closing.

    Box Office Hours:
    9:30 am - 7:00 pm Sunday - Thursday
    9:30 am - 9:00 pm Friday & Saturday

    Aquarium Hours:
    10:00 am - 8:00 pm Sunday - Thursday
    10:00 am - 10:00 pm Friday & Saturday

    Last admission one hour prior to close.
    If you are going to use a credit card, do not forget your photo ID.

    You can buy tickets online.

    NOTE: The Aquarium may close early for Private Events.

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    A chilled way to spend an hour

    by Benson35 Written Feb 10, 2012

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    Head to Mandalay Bay's Shark Reef and spend an hour or so with the most amazing fish!
    Walk around the aquarium at your own pace. Look at the beautiful tropical fish and enjoy watching them swim and play.

    There is a tank with ray fish in. You are able to lean over and touch these wonderfull fish.

    I found one particular tank rather amusing. This tank was roped off and a guard stood infront of it. This tank contained piranhas. While talking to the guard, I found out that people would actually want to put their hands into the tank 'just to see if piranhas did eat human flesh'!!! This is why somebody had to stand guard during opening times! My sister and I found it baffling that people would want to test this out!!

    There are huge tank where the sharks live, so interesting to watch and a tunnel to walk through which is glass above and at both sides. Excellent experience.
    As as in most places in Vegas, you'll get your photograph taken!

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    Shark Reef at Mandalay Bay

    by glamourprincess Written Aug 16, 2007
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    The Shark Reef at Mandalay Bay is pretty cool. It's a selection of exotic fishes, jelly fish, giant rays, sawfish, piranha, crocodiles, turtles.. It's not huge, but it is supposed to be over 2,000 animals.
    It is open daily from 10 a.m. until 11 p.m.
    Admission is $15.95 for adults and children 12 years old and younger $10.95. I loved the shark reef, especially fascinating was the sawfish. It was very cool. They have a small petting pool, where you can touch a ray fish. We spent around an hour inside. There is also a gift shop at the end. It's not the most amazing aquarium but it's a cool and fun break in crazy Vegas. Especially good for families with children..

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    Shark Reef

    by lazyman_1 Written Jun 6, 2006

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    A visit to the mandalay bay shark reef is definately worth while. The shark reef is home to a wide range of species which you can see in my travel log. The highlites of the shark reef are the sunken ship display which gives a panoramic view of an absolutely huge tank from the bottom up and the small pool filled with stingrays and nurse sharks where you can stick your hand in and actually pet them!

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    Shark Reef

    by jag17 Written Jun 23, 2005

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    It's Not All About The Sharks

    Visit the Shark Reef at Mandalay Bay for a brief escape from the Las Vegas craziness. A nice exhibit of over 100 different types of animals; including 15 different species of Sharks. The exhibit includes the opportunity to pet creatures in the touchpool; see jelly fish and eel up close and personal, and walk the reef tunnel where the Sharks are swimming all around you (behind glass of course).

    Entrance fee includes the use of the audio guide.

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    Shark Reef at Mandalay Bay

    by kismet9999 Written Dec 2, 2004
    Only in Vegas

    This is definitely an exhibit not to be missed during your next trip to Las Vegas. The Shark Reef at Mandalay Bay is a great way to spend an hour or two exploring a side of nature you probably didn't expect to encounter while in Las Vegas , since you are in the middle of a desert. There are many informative exhibits throughout the well laid out attraction.

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    Touch a Ray at the Shark Reef Aquarium

    by kris-t Updated Nov 1, 2012

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    The room after the shark exhibit tunnel has a the "petting zone" with a touch tank of rays.

    The only creature you can touch here is a ray and you have to use only one finger (for the ray safety).

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    Shark Reef

    by PorkTeriyaki Written May 1, 2006

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    Here is an aquarium atop a hotel on the strip. After awhile, you'll forget where you are. It's so vast & the atomosphere takes you far from the desert. The variety of marine life is very unique.

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