on December 28, 2007
The Shark Reef is located at the back of the Mandalay Bay Hotel. There are over 100 different species of animals that can be viewed - the most exciting of which are the sharks, piranha, and crocodiles. There are lots of different kinds of fish, as well as jellyfish and eels that are pretty cool, too.The size and variety of animals that are located here is similar to the one in the Mall of America, but not as extensive as a full-size aquarium. The touchpool is pretty cool and it is always manned by a staff member to explain how you can safely touch what is in there.There are some descriptions of what the animals are posted, but the written information is limited. They do provide everyone who comes in a device that looks like a telephone that you can use to get more information on each exhibit. You look at the number beside the exhibit, punch it in your device and listen. This provides a fairly extensive amount of information on many of the different spiecies of animal located here.This is definitely a family-friendly way to spend an hour or so. Adults are $16 and children are $11 which is expensive considering this is not a large aquarium.There is no food or drink allowed so don't go hungry. There is also no smoking allowed, which is a refreshing change from a lot of Vegas.The Shark Reef is open 10am to 11pm (last entry is allowed at 10pm). For further information check out the Mandaly Bay website at www.mandalaybay.com or call (702) 632-7777.
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