One of the next places that Lewis the Lion wanted to visit here in Las Vegas was the Shark Reef Aquarium at the Mandalay Bay Hotel. It was said to be one of America’s top aquariums and Lewis the Lion was keen to see if he recognised any of the fish that he had seen on his recent diving trip to Mexico. He was excited as there was meant to be sharks, rays, fish (perhaps even a lion-fish?), reptiles (including a Komodo dragon and a golden crocodile) and marine invertebrates such as octopus and jellyfish. There was even a touch-pool where you could get to stroke the rays and there was also some endangered green sea-turtles. In all the Shark Reef Aquarium housed over 2,000 different animals in more than 1.6 million gallons of water!
However, he did go along feeling an incy-wincy bit nervous as he’d also heard that there was a shark tunnel. Lewis the Lion had never seen a real live shark before and he hoped the sharks in the aquarium wouldn’t see him as bait!
Here are some photos of the wondrous animals, fish and other marine life that Lewis the Lion had the sheer delight to see that day at Shark Reef. (As you can see, he even got to eyeball piranhas and a shark or two!).
Here are some video clips too with some of the things he saw there:
Lewis the Lion saw how the jellyfish seem to blub-blub-blub like wibbly-wobbly jelly through the water. It almost remind him of watching a lava lamp. You can watch what he saw in this You Tube clip.
Lewis the Lion was glad there was thick glass between him and these sharks as he peered at them and one came straight towards him. Click here to see Lewis the Lion coming face to face with a shark…albeit with thick glass between them!
Lewis the Lion marvelled at the number of different fish he could see in this tank at the Shark Reef Aquarium. Click here to see how many different types of fish can you see?
One of the reoccurring themes that Lewis the Lion noticed appearing on the information charts in the aquarium was that of protecting the marine life in the oceans for future generations. For example, by not over-fishing or by not polluting our water systems.
What else do you think we can do to protect our aquatic life?