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The Shark Lab

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Point Road | The Point, Mossel Bay 6500, South Africa
+27 63 408 1724
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Not a lot to see, but very nice gentleman who explained details of a most exquisite fish I have never seen before!

This is the kind of place one needs.. visitors should add an extra donation so that it can grow in... read more

Reviewed 7 November 2017
myholidayadvice
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Hermanus, SA
Small in size but interesting nonetheless.

Only 2 sharks & their tank not very large. One other tank with one octopus & a few other fish & sea... read more

Reviewed 7 November 2017
vknoop
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Western Cape, South Africa
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The Shark Lab is an intimate aquarium that offers an opportunity to swim with two female smooth hound sharks. The aquarium houses a range of exotic tropical coral fish from around the globe and select shark species.
  • Excellent26%
  • Very good17%
  • Average20%
  • Poor17%
  • Terrible20%
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“exotic fish” (2 reviews)
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Point Road | The Point, Mossel Bay 6500, South Africa
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Reviewed 7 November 2017

This is the kind of place one needs.. visitors should add an extra donation so that it can grow in size a bit and tourists are able to experience swimming in a tank with sharks that look rather scary.. but do not have any need...More

Thank myholidayadvice
Reviewed 7 November 2017

Only 2 sharks & their tank not very large. One other tank with one octopus & a few other fish & sea life. Probably small due to money constraints.

2  Thank vknoop
Reviewed 19 October 2017 via mobile

This is not a place to go if you care about animals, the aquarium for the shark was way to small. And your able to swim with them in that tiny aquarium.More

Thank Adam B
Alan J, Owner at The Shark Lab, responded to this reviewResponded 21 October 2017

Most creatures in the wild, do not move around for the simple pleasure of doing so. Animals are active for very specific reasons. Many need to source, establish and then defend a territory. In the process of doing so, some may receive serious wounds or...More

Reviewed 28 August 2017

Dark and dank. The only reason I would pay is because it would help feed the animals there. They are clearly cared for by the staff. Poor sharks you can swim with have a tiny space and can barely move more than a few metres,...More

4  Thank JThaysen
Reviewed 2 August 2017 via mobile

The staff was very friendly and answered all of my questions. All the info was so interesting and I learned so much. The swimming experience with the two sharks was amazing, I will definitely do it again. I recommend this mini aquarium to everyone to...More

Thank Lani C
Reviewed 22 June 2017

The staff was very friendly and helpful. The "Swimming with the Sharks" seem pretty cool, but none of us was brave enough to swim with 3 SHARKS!! LoL Other than that, I wouldn't really say that its a "Lab", but I can understand they raising...More

Thank byronn777
Reviewed 15 May 2017

I am a local and it was my first visit to the Shark Lab. I visited with my 2-year old son. He is very interested in sharks and enjoyed the outing. The aquarium is very small and the entrance fee of R 20 a adult...More

Thank Lu-Gerda
Reviewed 8 May 2017

I told the young lady almost didn't come because when I googled I thought it was a Laboratory - she wasn't amused. What a waste of my R20 entrance fee - once around and nothing more to see. While I was there another family, staying...More

1  Thank BrendaWilliams_12
Alan J, Owner at The Shark Lab, responded to this reviewResponded 9 May 2017

I am sorry that you did not enjoy your visit Brenda, but wonder if you got to see everything. Our super friendly female octopus is considered by those in the know, to be one of the largest in any Aquarium in the country. Like any...More

Reviewed 20 March 2017

very informative... friendly staff. loved it. a wide variety of sea animals to see. touching of the stingrays was special! would like to see this place expand into a bigger Lab. Nice curio section. affordable little gifts. entry fee goes towards a good cause

Thank gerdasnyman1
Alan J, Owner at The Shark Lab, responded to this reviewResponded 21 March 2017

Many thanks for the review gerdasnyman1. Much appreciated. I am thrilled that you enjoyed your visit.

Reviewed 6 March 2017

This was not a very informative or educational visit. There could have been a lot more information put about about sharks and the reason the Shark lab came about.More

Thank DeniseM_Jackson
Alan J, Owner at The Shark Lab, responded to this reviewResponded 9 March 2017

Hi DeniseM Many thanks for the review. Just what to present on the “education front” and how best to present it, has been hotly debated throughout the Public Aquarium and Zoo world for many years. The current consensus, regarding passive education (the use of information...More

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