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Old Jun 22, 2013, 10:05 AM   #11
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I'm finding that photo endlessly fascinating, and I figured out that it's the second of two very striking and similar images I've seen.

One of the few redeeming values Las Vegas has, is an aquarium exhibit at the Mandalay Bay casino, called Shark Reef. Basically it has almost every marine predator but an orca on exhibit. (Yeah, I know - Las Vegas - who would have thought they would have a predator exhibit?) It's absolutely fascinating, and at the end of the walking path you're at the middle of the bottom of a 1.3 million gallon tank full of sharks all around you. They are swimming in a circle around the tank and the exit takes you through a transparent tunnel. In this tunnel the sharks are swimming straight towards you.

All you see when looking at a shark swimming directly towards you is.......TEETH. And you immediately know that you are looking at an Eating Machine.

Your gator photo is the second time I've been really aware that I'm looking at an Eating Machine.

Great shot - Thanks!

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nice shot, I am assuming you were using zoom....J4C
LOL. That is a safe assumption.
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LOL. That is a safe assumption.
Aw man. Now I'm disappointed. I thought you said something about 11-22, almost touching his nose.
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I'm finding that photo endlessly fascinating, and I figured out that it's the second of two very striking and similar images I've seen.

One of the few redeeming values Las Vegas has, is an aquarium exhibit at the Mandalay Bay casino, called Shark Reef. Basically it has almost every marine predator but an orca on exhibit. (Yeah, I know - Las Vegas - who would have thought they would have a predator exhibit?) It's absolutely fascinating, and at the end of the walking path you're at the middle of the bottom of a 1.3 million gallon tank full of sharks all around you. They are swimming in a circle around the tank and the exit takes you through a transparent tunnel. In this tunnel the sharks are swimming straight towards you.

All you see when looking at a shark swimming directly towards you is.......TEETH. And you immediately know that you are looking at an Eating Machine.

Your gator photo is the second time I've been really aware that I'm looking at an Eating Machine.

Great shot - Thanks!

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Thanks Ted.
I remember that exhibit at the Mandalay Bay. I was very impressed with it. I went years ago back when I had a new digital Olympus with a whole 1.9 megapixels. Got some great shots I think. I never saw them, as the camera was stolen while I was in Vegas.
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Thanks Ted.
I remember that exhibit at the Mandalay Bay. I was very impressed with it. I went years ago back when I had a new digital Olympus with a whole 1.9 megapixels. Got some great shots I think. I never saw them, as the camera was stolen while I was in Vegas.
So you had two predator experiences in Vegas.

I have a number of friends who just love the place. And years ago when the shows were affordable I didn't mind being there (although the best reason was always to rent a car and get out, into southern Utah). Now, I'd rather visit anywhere else.

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Actually, Las Vegas is still one of my favorite places to visit. I worked out there for two years and came to like it a lot.

Lots of photographic opportunities, and it was really neat to visit all the nearby scenic locations: Red Rock Canyon, Valley of Fire, the Southern Utah parks, etc. It turned out to be two fun years out there.
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Yeah, you're saying it's a good place to start from, to see beautiful country. I very much agree.
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WoW Steven
Nice shot
That guy is HUGE
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WoW Steven
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That guy is HUGE
Thanks, Fred. They do grow them big down here. At least gators are native species important in the balance of nature. But our problems are stupid people who let loose non-native animals like pythons which thrive in the warm climate and destroy native animals.
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Yeah, you're saying it's a good place to start from, to see beautiful country. I very much agree.
Yes, it is that. But I got to enjoy the city itself very much. Learned where all the locals go, and which tourist traps to avoid. (I gained 30 pounds in the 2 years I was there.) How can you beat $8 bucks for a prime rib or lobster dinner? Or all those sweet deserts on the buffet meals??
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