Shark Reef Aquarium at Mandalay Bay

Most of the fish and other animals could be seen with ease minus the octopus entangled on herself.  I wish the sharks were bigger and some of the pictures turned out decent while others not so much.  The videos I took of the exhibits are on my Facebook page if you want to look at them.  Otherwise enjoy the pictures with the thought there is now over 7 billion people on the Earth with limited resources as stated when I left the exhibit.

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Golden Crocodile with the lazy eye that can hold its breath for two hours.  Nearly half of the 23 species are threatened with extinction.

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Sleepy Komodo Dragon is the largest lizard that eats everything they kill.  They smell their prey with their nine-inch tongue.  They grow up to 10 feet long and weigh up to 300 pounds.  There are fewer than 5,000 left in the wild.

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African Cichlids is from Lake Tanganyika in East Africa.  98% are found nowhere else and are generally aggressive fish.

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Fly River Turtle or the Pig-nosed Turtle that lives in freshwater and has a vulnerable status.   Arowana or Dragon Fish is endangered and thought to bring health, happiness, and good fortune.

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Razorback Catfish swim upstream like salmon and sifts through the sand for their food.

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Motoro Stingray can live in little or no salinity.  This freshwater ray protects themselves with venomous barbs on its tail.

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Southern Stingray and Rays that you could touch with one finger.

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Piranha are self explanatory and do not make good pets for obvious reasons.

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Pacu are cousins to the piranha and are omnivores.  When released into a non-native habitat they will out-compete species already there.

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Different Sharks including the Nurse, Zebra, White Tip Ree, Sandbar, Galapagos, Sandtiger, Grey Reef, and Ray.

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Different Fish including the French Grunt, Parrotfish, Queen Triggerfish, French Angelfish, Sergeant Major, Porcupine Puffer.

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Jellyfish have tentacles and feeding structures by the adult stage.  They have six cycles from planula to medusa.

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Starfish, Anemones, and Giant Pacific Octopus that likes to hide and was in the corner of the tank.  The latter can reach 16 feet in length and weigh up to 100 pounds.

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