Behind the Scenes: Take a bite out of Shark Reef

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.”

Behind the Scenes with the Vegas Experts: Shark Reef at Mandalay Bay


Most folks take their Vegas jackpot winnings back home, but my dad decided to stay here instead. That’s how I left Seattle almost 20 years ago. I moved from greenery and rainy days to hot summers, palm trees and desert. As much as I love my hometown, I decided to stick around Vegas. This city just has so much to offer. You don’t even have to be a gambler, bar hopper or an all-night partier. I love Vegas for its awesome vegan-friendly spots, concerts, swanky hotel suites and spas so big, they’re like castles. The pool scene is not too shabby either, which is why I love taking stay-cations. Besides living it up -- Vegas style -- I’m hanging out with my handsome hubby, adorable baby girl, two cats and super-fluffy Shih-Tzu. I’m also a huge fan of '90s music, shows and movies. You can find me on Google+ and Twitter.