Shark Reef Aquarium, Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas, Nevada (10)
The Shark Reef Aquarium at Mandalay Bay is a public aquarium located at and owned by the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. Its main tank is 1,300,000 US gallons (4,900,000 l), one of the largest in North America. The facility is 95,000 sq ft (8,800 m2), and displays numerous different species of sharks, rays, fish, reptiles, and marine invertebrates. It also features a shark tunnel.
The Shark Reef Aquarium is the only Nevada institution accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA). While most aquariums are located close to the ocean, the Shark Reef is exceptional in that it is located in a desert, far from any natural water source.