Join Us: Free Bike Safety Rodeo At Boulevard Mall August 8th, 2017

SeaQuest Las Vegas along with the The Boulevard Mall will be hosting a FREE Bike Safety Rodeo on August 8th from 9 am to noon. Bike Safety Rodeos are designed to help educate young riders about safe riding practices. There will be raffle drawings for a wide variety of prizes including a brand new bicycle, and free bike helmets for kids while they last. Children can bring their own bikes or use one provided by the Boulevard Mall during the event. As an aded bonus, SeaQuest will be giving away FREE Child Admission tickets to all kids who participate. Join us for this fun, FREE, back to school event at the Boulevard Mall!

It’s Up To US – Only We Can Prevent Further Ocean Devastation!

As our final SeaQuest Shark Week blog segment, we will be focusing further on conservation and what we can do in our everyday lives to help keep our ocean and shark populations healthy! You don’t need to have a degree or travel great distances to help. These tips are geared for the average household.

Eating less fish
100s of sharks are accidentally caught during the commercial fishing expeditions of our more common seafood choices. While these are just accidents, they are decreasing the shark populations faster than nature can replace them. How can you help? By eating less fish, we can decrease the amount of commercial fishing worldwide and therefore reduce the number of accidental shark deaths caused by the commercial fishing industry. Implement a Fish-less Friday or a No Seafood Monday within your families weekly menu and you will help save sharks one dinner at a time!

Donating to Non-Profits
Donating doesn’t have to be a huge hit to your wallet. Donating $5-$10 every week or even every month can mean life changing effects on the oceans populations. There are dozens of non-profit organizations dedicated to helping save our ocean populations by reducing and preventing devastating ocean pollution. You are one google search away from locating the perfect charity that is helping protect and save the amazing shark species we all know and love!

Sharing Content on Social Media
The easiest way we can all make a difference is the positive influence we can share on our social media. Each time you share ocean conservation and educational content with your friends, families, and followers, you are increasing the number of views that article receives bringing more and more attention to this important cause. Help save the sharks by sharing articles, donation pages, and non-profit organizations’ posts with your friends and followers. You can start by sharing all of the Shark Week at SeaQuest posts!

Thank you so much for joining us this week on our SeaQuest Shark Week Adventure. We hope to see you and your Family at a SeaQuest location soon!

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We CAN Stop Plastic Pollution In Our Oceans!

Over the past week, our blog has featured several articles introducing the Sharks of SeaQuest and sharing the importance of the shark species in our world oceans. Now that we have a better understanding of sharks and the benefits they provide, in our final two days we will be focusing on conservation and things we can all do to help protect and preserve the health of our oceans and in turn safeguard the sharks and other sea life that call it their home!

You don’t need to spend money or travel great distances to be a part of the solution. You can implement these simple practices around the house and in every day life and still have a positive impact on the environment!

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
Everyone has heard these three words before. While recycling can seem like a big job, there are actually a lot of small and simple ways to contribute. Why is it so important to our ocean life? Many species like sea turtles, fish and sharks mistake plastic and trash as food. While ingesting these items may not be immediately fatal, over time it can cause many health issues and diminish the overall health of the ocean populations.

Option 1: Reusable Grocery Bags
Plastic bags are a big problem. One easy way you can help reduce the amount of plastic bags that end up in our oceans is to utilize reusable bags instead of the plastic ones provided at the grocery store. Reusable bags can cost as little as $0 and save millions of pounds of plastic bags from ending up in our landfills and oceans! Here’s a quick and easy way to turn an old t-shirt into a reusable bag in minutes:

1. Flip the shirt inside out
2. Make small cuts across the bottom of the shirt 3 inches up and 1 inch across
3. Tie the first strip to the second, the third to the fourth, etc.
4. Once all of the strips are tied together begin tying the strips together again.
5. Cut off the sleeves along the seem.
6. Cut the neckline to your desired length
7. Flip the shirt right side out and you’re all set!

Option 2: Reusable Water Bottles
Plastic water bottles are another easy way you and your family can help keep our ocean environments clean and our aquatic populations healthy. Purchasing a glass or metal water bottle can save not only your wallet – but also save our oceans from becoming a dumping ground for the millions of plastic water bottles that end up there year after year. SeaQuest has multiple styles of fun and reusable water bottles available for purchase in every gift shop location!

Option 3: Diving or Snorkeling
Want to have a fun vacation adventure AND help to protect and preserve ocean life? Snorkeling and scuba diving while on vacation sends a message to government agencies that there is a need and demand for protected areas of ocean environments and sea life. The more money the snorkeling and diving industry makes each year, the more sharks and other sea creatures that will benefit from this protection.

Option 4: Spread the Word
Tell everyone you can about the importance of ocean conservation! One person can make a difference, but think how much greater an impact we’ll have if we recruit our family and friends to the cause!

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Imagine A World Without Without Sharks?

In celebration of Shark Week at SeaQuest, each day we’ve featured fun and relevant educational facts about the Sharks of SeaQuest and insight into Why Sharks Are Important to our oceans. If you’ve missed the articles introducing the 5 species of sharks found at SeaQuest and our first installment of the importance of sharks, you can find them here:

Introducing The Sharks At SeaQuest

More Sharks of SeaQuest: Meet The Carcharhiniformes!

Why We Need Sharks 101: They Influence Healthy Ocean Populations

Today’s Topic: Sharks Maintain Balance In The Food Chain:

Another major benefit sharks provide in our ocean ecosystems is their affect on the food web. The food web is the natural interconnection of food chains in the world. Understanding this helps scientists discover what eats what and how the loss of a particular link in this chain could affect the entire food web as a whole. The food web is divided into four major groups: plants, herbivores, carnivores, and top predators. Here is a look into these four groups and how they interconnect.


At the bottom of the food web we have our biggest supporting group. Made up of countless billions of one-celled organisms are the photo-autotrophs or plants. Among this group is phytoplankton, also known as microalgae, which is the main diet for a large variety of marine animals. Found near the upper part of the ocean, they use photosynthesis to convert nutrients and carbon dioxide into organic matter.


Next on our food web are the herbivores that eat the plants. Varying from small crustaceans to enormous whales, the herbivores make up a large amount of the ocean’s inhabitants. No matter the size, all herbivores has voracious appetites keeping the overall plant and algae growth at a healthy rate.


Following the herbivores are the carnivores of the ocean. Moderately varying in size, these hungry fish eat the herbivores. Included in this group are some the species of sharks like the Grey Smoothhound Sharks which can be found at any SeaQuest location! While they are effective predators, they still fall prey to the larger, faster and stronger species of the ocean.

Apex Predators:

Finally, our top dogs the apex predators or top predators. Including a large number of larger shark species, these fierce animals get a bad reputation in the media. Considered to be ruthless predators of the ocean, this group is only prey to one species: humans.

The apex shark species of the ocean help keep the entire food web in balance. If the apex predators were to disappear from the ocean, the population of carnivorous fish would increase causing a decrease in herbivores. With less herbivores, the plant population would skyrocket making parts of the ocean inhabitable for many important food web species like coral.

The apex species also plays an important role in prey behavior. As an intimidating species, the apex predators will shift prey into hiding or into other areas of the ocean. This allows plants a chance to regrow and protects certain plant species from being completed eliminated by uncontrolled foragers.

A better understanding of the food web and the important role each group plays in maintaining balance in the food chain helps us recognize and appreciate the importance of sharks as carnivores and apex predators as well as how their loss could send shock waves through the entire food web.

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Why We Need Sharks 101: They Influence Healthy Ocean Populations

Over the last couple of days our blog has featured facts and information about the Sharks of SeaQuest. To learn about the 5 different shark species you’ll find at SeaQuest click the following links. Article 1 / Article 2 Moving forward, we will be discussing why sharks are so important to our oceans.

One of the major ways sharks help our oceans is the way they keep populations of fish, crustaceans, cephalopods and more healthy. Sharks are very efficient predators. They pick their dinner based on the availability and ease of the catch causing them to eat weak, injured or sick fish. How do sharks identify which fish are easy prey? Let’s go over the many senses a shark would use to find their food.

Sense Of Smell:
I’m sure you’ve heard the myth that sharks can smell a single drop of blood in the ocean. While that may be an slight exaggeration, sharks can sense a very small amount of chemicals in vast areas of ocean water. This ability helps sharks find specific schools of fish like tuna which produce oil. Their keen sense of smell also allows them to find injured fish or other prey in the vicinity. Unlike the human nostril, which is used for both smelling and breathing, shark’s nostrils are used exclusively for sense of smell.

Along with a sense of smell, some species of sharks like the White-spotted Bamboo shark have nasal barbels. Resembling a cat’s whiskers, they are located along the snout and are used to sift through sand or murky water to find food. Lined with taste buds these barbels are an excellent advantage when searching for burrowed or hiding prey.

Sense of Hearing:
Located on each side of the head are two small openings containing the inner ears of the shark. Each shark can detect sounds from long distances much longer than any human. This enables them to hear the low frequencies produced by injured prey from great distances.

Electrical Impulses:
The ampullae of Lorenzini is an electro-receptive organ in sharks. On the shark’s head are jelly filled pores shaped like ampullae which were jars used by Romans for grains, oils, etc. Every living creature produces an electrical field, the ampullae of Lorenzini allows sharks to detect every living creature in their vicinity through these electrical fields.

Sense of Vibration and Pressure:
Sharks are able to detect vibrations in the water using what is called the lateral line. Starting at their head and running along each side of the body to the tail are tubes and specialized pores. Water enters the pores flowing through the lateral line and stimulating sensory cells that signal changes in vibrations and pressure. This allows them to not only detect prey but to detect danger or predators.

Using these senses, sharks are able to locate weak, injured, or sick fish. As sharks reduce those populations, stronger gene characteristics begin to emerge. If a shark is eating all of the fish that are poor swimmers but leaving fish that are stronger swimmers, eventually the overall fish population will produce stronger swimmers.

Thanks to the world’s shark populations, great benefits can be seen in the overall health of all fish, cephalopod, crustacean and other sea life. With healthy fish comes healthy plant life populations. With fish populations under control, plants and algae can grow at a normal rate.

Bring your friends to SeaQuest today and wow them with your shark knowledge as you adventure through our Shark Lagoon exhibit!

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More Sharks of SeaQuest: Meet The Carcharhiniformes!

At SeaQuest Interactive Aquariums you’ll find 5 different species of sharks. We introduced the 3 species in the order Orectolobiformes in yesterday’s blog segment- click here if you missed it! Today, we will be discussing our final two species of the Sharks of SeaQuest in the order Carcharhiniformes:

Did you know? The difference between the sharks in the Carcharhiniformes order versus the sharks in the order Orectolobiformes is they have nictating membranes. Nictating membranes are like a third transparent eyelid. It blinks back and forth rather than up and down allowing the animal to protect and moisten their eyes while still being able to see.

Our first species of Carcharhiniformes are the Blacktip Reef Sharks:

Averaging at 6ft in length, these Sharks are a huge hit at our Las Vegas location. They are easily identified by their prominent black tipped fins. A common sight in the tropical coral reefs of Indian and the Pacific Ocean is the front most dorsal fin of Blacktip Reef Sharks peaking above the water. The Blacktip Reef Shark is one of the most abundant sharks in the Pacific Ocean and are currently one of the few shark species not on any endangered or threatened species lists. Preferring shallow water and inshore areas, some of their favorite foods are small fish, cephalopods, and crustaceans. This species of shark has also been known to exhibit site recognition often spending years in the same area. However, it is not uncommon for these salt water predators to be seen in brackish or freshwater areas in search of food.

Our second species in the Sharks of SeaQuest are the Grey Smoothound Sharks:

As their name suggests, they are a smaller slender shark with a brownish grey appearance that fades into a lighter grey underbelly. The reason many species have dark tops and light bottoms is to help protect them in the wild. If a predator would look down on them, their dark dorsal side would blend with the ground and when a predator looks up at them, their light ventral side blends with the lighter water. Native to the subtropical Eastern Pacific area, the Grey Smoothhound sharks are found both inshore and offshore near rocky coasts. Averaging at 3-4ft in length, they enjoy small fish and crustaceans for their dinners.  When you visit one of our SeaQuest locations, you are sure to make fast friends with these sometimes schooling sharks. They are known to school together with leopard sharks. Maybe you’ll have them schooling with you at the end of a Swim with the Stingrays snorkeling  session.

Be on the lookout for these two species as well as the many other species of Sharks at SeaQuest on your next visit to the aquarium!

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Introducing The Sharks of SeaQuest!

Did you know you’ll encounter 5 different species of sharks at SeaQuest? These 5 species are broken into two different orders, or group classifications that share specific traits: the Orectolobiformes and the Carcharthiniformes

Today we’re going to take a closer look at the Orectolobiformes you’ll encounter when you visit the Shark Lagoon exhibit at SeaQuest:

White-Spotted Bamboo Sharks:

As one of our most popular interactive attractions, you can imagine how relatively harmless these sharks are to humans. Averaging about 3ft in length, they spend the majority of their time in shallow coral reefs. Their slender frame allows them to swim or crawl between corals in search of food. Some of their favorite snacks, both in the wild and at SeaQuest, are shrimp and smaller fish. The White-spotted Bamboo Shark is commonly found in the Indo-Pacific regions including: Madagascar, India, Sri Lanka, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Indonesia, Vietnam, China, Japan, and the Philippines. If you’ve ever been to SeaQuest, you know how adorable and friendly the White-spotted Bamboo Sharks are.

Brown-Banded Bamboo Sharks:

As the names suggests these sharks are closely related to the White-spotted Bamboo Sharks. The major difference between the two is their coloration. The Brown-banded Bamboo Sharks have a light brown body with dark brown bands and occasional dark spots. Whereas, the White-spotted Bamboo Shark have similar markings but with larger white spots. Both the White-spotted and Brown-banded Bamboo Sharks are commonly referred to as “catsharks” because of their  nasal barbels that resemble a cat’s whiskers.

Nurse Sharks:

As their name suggest these sharks can be quite the nurturing species. However, they do not nurture their pups in the same way we do. Nurse sharks have much longer gestation periods and reproduce more infrequently than most other shark species. The reason for that is the mother spends a lot of time and energy to develop healthy, mature pups that do not require further assistance after birth making them one of the only k-selected breeding species to do so. K-selected refers to species that have a smaller number of offspring per gestational cycle. The Nurse Sharks of SeaQuest are another fan favorite. At our Utah location, guests can feed these maginificent sharks as well as their eel roommates. Reaching lengths of 8-9 ft and some over 200lbs these sharks rely on a steady diet of crustaceans, mollusks, and various fish.

Meet these three species of the sharks and many more on your next visit to SeaQuest!

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Celebrate Shark Week at SeaQuest – Day 1

Join us this week for a special look at the “Sharks of SeaQuest Interactive Aquariums” as well as sharks across the world. In celebration of Shark Week we will be dedicating one blog post per day to the wonders of sharks!

So often in media sharks are seen in a negative light, focusing on the vicious and ferocious behaviors of some shark species at rare points in time. While this may drive up views, it does not do justice for the over 500 species of sharks currently existing in our oceans. Did you know that sharks are actually low on the list of animal related fatalities? In reality, animals like mosquitoes, crocodiles, snakes and dogs top those charts. For each human killed by a shark, there are approximately two million sharks killed by humans.

At SeaQuest, education is one of most important experiences we strive to provide with every visit to the aquarium. Each day during Shark Week, we’ll be providing useful information about the Sharks of SeaQuest, why sharks are important to our oceans, and easy ways we can all help protect the world’s shark population.

And as an added BONUS, beginning July 23 rd through July 29th we will be extending a one day, limited time savings offer found only in our Shark Week blog articles! Save this summer with these awesome Shark Week Daily Deals that’ll save you and your family the cost of a unique SeaQuest adventure and a chance to interact with the Sharks of SeaQuest for yourselves.

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In The News! Features SeaQuest Las Vegas

SeaQuest Interactive Aquarium Las Vegas was recently highlihgted on “Only in Your State.” Our location at the Boulevard Mall has already been named Las Vegas’s #1 interactive adventure, and a must visit this summer! Take a look at the full post here, or visit our website for information on hours and admission rates.

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Here is an excerpt from the news story at the website:

Explore A Magical Underwater Kingdom At This Amazing Nevada Interactive Aquarium

Located at the Boulevard Mall in Las Vegas, SeaQuest Interactive Aquarium is over 31,000 square feet of fun and contains thousands of marine, desert, rainforest, amphibian, and reptilian animals to see, feed, learn about, and touch. This fun-filled, educational interactive aquarium is a perfect air-conditioned escape from the summer heat. Take a look!

SeaQuest Las Vegas Supports 8NOW Wednesday’s Child & Adoption Exchange

Zaiden, 8Now’s Wednesday Child, recently joined us at SeaQuest Interactive Aquarium in Las Vegas for an opportunity to meet and interact with the animals. He is one of many children at Adoption Exchange looking for a family and a place to call home. So if you know someone who is looking for a wonderful addition to their family, please share this link! SeaQuest will gift Zaiden and his new family a lifetime annual pass to the aquarium.

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6-yr-old Zaiden has wheels, just no forever family

Las Vegas, NV – Six years old, and with his whole life in front of him, this week’s Wednesday’s Child personifies the saying:  “don’t judge a book by its cover”.  Dave Courvoisier introduces us to Zaiden.

Right now, Zaiden gets around on wheels, but don’t think for a minute he’s disengaged. Zaiden didn’t miss a thing here at Seaquest Aquarium…’wanted to be a part of it all.

“Zaiden came to us about a year and a half ago and at the time he wasn’t really walking, he was really quiet and now he cruises around everywhere in his chair and he walks with help, and he smiles and laughs and just really likes to play with people,” says Stephanie, the director of Rehab where Zaiden is cared for.

Zaiden doesn’t communicate like everyone else, but he has an ingratiating way of letting you know what he thinks.

“A lot of facial expressions. You’ll see when he sad or something hurts through the look on his face including what is happy, and once you’re around him for a while you’ll kind of figure of his routine,” adds Stephanie

Zaiden got the biggest kick out of the ocean animals… He’s bright and quick to learn activities — especially basketball.

“Oh, he loves basketball. If you give him a ball he will hold it in one hand and go and if you could get them on a wheelchair basketball team he would be an all-star. He’s fantastic and coordinated like that, so any type of ball play he likes to play with blocks stacking and kind of knocking them over,” claims Stephanie.

Zaiden will likely need some level of care the rest of his life, but he would also bring a lot of joy to the right family.

“He would bring opportunity to be creative and to find things that they like and if he’s around other kids he’s going to bring that family together and bring those kids together. I don’t think he would scare anybody away from loving him, if that makes sense… he craves it and he needs it,” says Stephanie.

Zaiden is ready for adoption.  Get started by calling the Adoption Exchange right now.  Their  number is 702-436-6335.