Diving with sharks in Las Vegas

Posted: 09/07/2011 in all marine news

Forbes – 

Las Vegas has long been known for its card sharks that haunt the poker tables, but real sharks are the city’s best kept secret.

Sharks you can go for a dive with.

Shark Reef at the Mandalay Bay casino resort is a full-blown aquarium, but this being Vegas, it has a theme: it bills itself as “North America’s only predator-based aquarium and exhibit.”

This means its 1.6 million gallons of water are teeming with killers, from rare golden crocodiles to moray eels to jellyfish and piranhas, even a non-swimming but impressively fierce Komodo Dragon, along with plenty of gentler friends like giant endangered green sea turtles, rays, and the Giant Pacific Octopus, more than 2,000 creatures in all.

But the main event is its namesakes: Shark Reef is home to 15 different shark species, from the offbeat Epaulette and Zebra sharks to the fierce Sand Tiger, which has so many teeth it can’t even close its mouth.

The Sand Tiger has classic horror movie star looks, with dead eyes (“doll’s eyes,” in Jaws speak), endless teeth, and a sleek predatory body, a slightly scaled down version of the Great White.

These teeth are even scarier when they are passing a few feet away from your shoulder, which is exactly what happens when you sign up for the Dive With The Sharks experience at Shark Reef, the most unique and thrilling among many unique and thrilling experiences Las Vegas offers.

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