I never imagined that I would be around a tank full of sharks and make it out alive.
Recently, I got the chance to take a behind-the-scenes look at the 1.3-million-gallon Mandalay Bay Shark Reef. Housing more than 1,200 species of marine life including sharks, 300-pound sea turtles and exotic fish, it was a real treat to see these creatures eat — and I wasn’t the treat!
I got the chance to see various types of sharks eating their lunch. I was surprised that they all had different reactions. When the food came, some breeds got really excited — just like your dog gets when it sees you for the first time after a long day. Other breeds were really tame like they were eating at a fancy restaurant. I also interacted with two giant sea turtles and fed them lettuce and green peppers (they get bonus points from me for being vegetarian).
Overall, this experience made me appreciate these sea animals even more, as well as the process that goes with feeding them. It’s safe to say that my trip went rather “swimmingly.”