LAS VEGAS (Sept. 15, 2015) – The world’s largest exhibition of uniquely preserved sea creatures takes center stage on October 1 with the opening of Sea Monsters Revealed at Shark Reef Aquarium inside Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino.
The use of a revolutionary polymer preservation technique, commonly known as plastination, allows the collection of once living aquatic creatures to be brought together on dry land. The process allows guests to see the outside and inside of some of the sea’s most magnificent inhabitants, including an 18-foot, 3,000-pound whale shark.
The exhibit also features a 15-foot-long mako shark and giant sunfish among its more than 18 full-body sea creatures. Additional displays include 150 individual organs and smaller specimens such as tropical fish, crustaceans and octopuses.
“For years, our guests have been fascinated and intrigued by the beautiful living creatures that call Shark Reef home,” said Adrienne Rowland, director of animal care at Shark Reef Aquarium.
“Now, with this immersive and interactive experience, they can discover some of the ocean’s most exotic and elusive animals up close and personal, and in a whole new way.”
Located adjacent to Shark Reef Aquarium, Sea Monsters Revealed will provide locals and visitors alike with a greater understanding of the world’s oceans and how mankind’s interactions and conservation efforts are vital to the health and preservation of these beautiful animals.
The exhibit was developed through a partnership between BASE Entertainment and Dalian Hoffen Bio-Technique Co. and has been on display at some of North America’s most prestigious aquariums including the Georgia Aquarium, the Vancouver Aquarium and the Museum of Science & Industry in Tampa.
Sea Monsters Revealed opens to the public October 1 and runs through October 2016.
Sea Monsters Revealed will be open Sunday – Thursday, 9:30 a.m. – 8 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 9:30 a.m. – 10 p.m. Shark Reef is open Sunday – Thursday 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.; Friday and Saturday 10 a.m. – 10 a.m. Last admission is one hour prior to close.
Tickets for Sea Monsters Revealed are $5 for guests who also purchase a ticket to Shark Reef
Aquarium and $12 for the Sea Monsters exhibition only. Admission for Shark Reef Aquarium is
$20 for adults; $14 for children (4 – 12); Children 3 and younger are free. Nevada residents with
valid ID receive a discounted admission price.
Tickets and information are available by calling (702) 632-4555 or visiting sharkreef.com.