on July 8, 2007
"1 Year, 1 Million Visitors - None Eaten... Yet" is what our ticket to the Shark Reef at Mandalay Bay boasted. Four years later, I'm sure a few million more have visited this attraction - hopefully all without having a bite taken out of them.My friend and I took the monorail to Mandalay Bay for the sole purpose of visiting the Shark Reef. Once in the hotel, the Reef is tucked away in a far corner that takes quite a while to walk to. Upon arriving, there was a queue to get in, but finally we paid our $15 or so and were given our wands for the auditory commentary of the exhibits. The aquarium exhibits weren't extraordinary - in fact they were a bit dull. After having visited the aquarium at Sydney Harbour though, most aquariums pale in comparison. However, the stand out point about the Shark Reef was their open pool where you could touch the dangerous creatures inside. The pool had baby sharks, sting rays and horseshoe crabs. It was amusing to see that many people there were afraid to actually touch the animals, but I figured it had to be safe or they wouldn't have been able to get liability insurance! It's quite possible to zoom through the exhibit in about 10 minutes, however if you take your time and listen to the auditory component of the exhibit you can stretch it to 30-45 minutes. If you've yet to see a shark exhibit, this would be a good starting point. If you've visited aquariums at Sea World in various other cities though, you might find this one boring.Overall, I enjoyed my time at the Shark Reef and found that it was a worthwhile way to spend a bit of your vacation time. I would recommended it to those who haven't been. Definitely not somewhere I would go back to on return trips to Vegas.
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