Issue 169
December 8 - 14, 2003
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Vegas casino exhibits great
hammerhead shark

As Reported by The Associated Press

LAS VEGAS -- After more than two years in seclusion and doubts about whether it would survive in captivity, a great hammerhead shark has been released into a massive aquarium at the Mandalay Bay hotel-casino.

Shark Reef officials say this is the first time a great hammerhead has gone on display at a closed-system aquarium.

Shark Reef curator Jack Jewell said the 5-year-old shark was captured off the coast of Florida and transported by air to an off-site husbandry tank in Las Vegas in August 2001. It was unknown specifically where in Florida the shark was captured.

Jewell said he didn't know whether the animal could live through the dangerous journey in a specially designed holding tank. The shark has to swim continuously to breathe.

"We spent endless hours ensuring this animal would survive," Jewell said. "There are no guarantees."

Jewell said the shark has grown to be 6 feet long and about 60 pounds. It could reach 10 feet in length and live for 50 to 60 years. The shark eats about two pounds of fish a day.

The great hammerhead is one of the ocean's fiercest predators. Great hammerheads are also one of the few ocean dwellers that exhibit cannibalistic behavior.

The shark's new habitat is a 1.3-million gallon saltwater tank that houses sandtiger, sandbar, nurse and white tip reef sharks, along with other marine life, such as sea turtles, barracuda and stingrays.

Shark Reef, which opened in June 2000, manufactures its own seawater. There are a total of 15 other shark species on display at Shark Reef, which attracts more than 1 million people a year.

Jewell said the animal appears healthy and is adapting to its new home. He's hoping to study the shark and publish his results.

"The work our team has accomplished here will be the model for others," Jewell said.

Tulalip Casino Teams Up With Toys 4 Tots

TULALIP, Wash.-- Tulalip Casino will reward guests for making donations to Toys 4 Tots this holiday season, casino management announced today. Each guest who brings a new, unwrapped toy to the casino through December 20th will receive a $10 Blackjack Match Play coupon. The toy drive is intended to brighten the holiday season for scores of underprivileged kids in Snohomish County.

"We are proud to be able to support such an outstanding organization," said acting General Manager Marci Fryberg. "There are many children in the area who need assistance, and Toys 4 Tots does a terrific job."

The casino's Toys 4 Tots campaign is scheduled to run through Saturday, December 20th. The general public can receive more information by calling 360-435-4442, or by visiting the casino's website at

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