Discover the Wonders of the Rocky Coast with New Exhibit at Shark Reef at Mandalay Bay
“Rocky Coast” exhibit welcomes four new shark species to aquarium
Las Vegas (July 11, 2023) – Shark Reef Aquarium at Mandalay Bay is set to make a splash this summer as it introduces four new shark species in its newest exhibit, “Rocky Coast.” Debuting July 12, the 35,000-gallon exhibit represents the cold-water California rocky coast system and the extraordinary creatures that inhabit it.
“Rocky Coast” will bring guests face-to-face with four remarkable shark breeds from the West Coast and similar South African waters, including the Leopard Shark, the predator of the seafloor commonly found along the coast of California; the Horn Shark, a camouflaging ground shark with a spine that resembles a horn; the Swell Shark, a night prowler that moves along the seafloor in search of unsuspecting victims; and the Pyjama Shark, a species endemic to South Africa that gets its name from its distinct appearance resembling striped pajamas. The captivating creatures will be viewable from both the aquarium space and the educational classroom, complementing the existing cold-water exhibits including the Pacific Sea Nettles and the Giant Pacific Octopus.
“Our goal at Shark Reef Aquarium is to provide guests the opportunity to closely encounter these magnificent creatures in a way that’s both fun and educational,” said Adrienne Rowland, Director of Shark Reef Operations. “The addition of the ‘Rocky Coast’ exhibit not only introduces visitors to new incredible shark species, but also reveals the wonders of a new coast system. We look forward to welcoming guests to experience this amazing exhibit and learn more about the rocky coast.”
Shark Reef Aquarium is the only Nevada institution accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. The aquarium has over 3,400 animals and 140 species including 14 types of sharks on display within the 1.6 million gallons of water and 14 major exhibits. Shark Reef offers feeding experiences with sharks, sea turtles and stingrays as well as the Undersea Explorer VR theater that takes guests on an immersive virtual journey under the water’s surface.
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