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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 as big as expected, but was great!

The staff was very friendly and helpful. The "Swimming with the Sharks" seem pretty cool, but none... read more

Reviewed June 22, 2017
byronn777
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Montagu
Enjoyed but too expensive

I am a local and it was my first visit to the Shark Lab. I visited with my 2-year old son. He is... read more

Reviewed May 15, 2017
Lu-Gerda
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Mossel Bay, 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.
  • Excellent27%
  • Very good17%
  • Average21%
  • Poor16%
  • Terrible19%
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Hours Today: 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
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Point Road | The Point, Mossel Bay 6500, South Africa
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+27 63 408 1724
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Reviewed June 22, 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

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Reviewed May 15, 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

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Reviewed May 8, 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

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Alan J, Owner at The Shark Lab, responded to this reviewResponded May 9, 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

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Reviewed March 20, 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

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

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

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Reviewed March 6, 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
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Alan J, Owner at The Shark Lab, responded to this reviewResponded March 9, 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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Reviewed February 28, 2017

We were in Mossel Bay last week and decided to go to the Shark Lab to see for ourselves what it was like. We had seen several poor reviews but thought we would make our own minds up. Yes it's small, but very informative, the...More

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Alan J, Owner at The Shark Lab, responded to this reviewResponded March 1, 2017

Many thanks for the review Paul W. Much appreciated. I am very pleased that you enjoyed your visit.

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Reviewed February 21, 2017 via mobile

The experience was wonderful. The staff is very polite and friendly. Learn a lot about the different types of species in the sea.

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Alan J, Owner at The Shark Lab, responded to this reviewResponded February 22, 2017

Many thanks for the review Bongekile X. I am very pleased that you enjoyed your visit.

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Reviewed February 7, 2017 via mobile

Total waste of money. All there is to see is an octopus, caged sharks and a sick fish. Don't bother visitingMore

Thank Louis U
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Alan J, Owner at The Shark Lab, responded to this reviewResponded February 8, 2017

Hi Louis. I take it that you did not swim with our two sharks. This experience has become hugely popular and was enjoyed by over three hundred visitors during December 2016. Swimmers have ranged in age from two and a half years to eighty years...More

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Reviewed February 1, 2017

The 2 fish I saw were very unique and the octopus seemed very curious, however the main attraction is to swim with two 1.6M sharks in a large tank. I watched on the other side of the tank while my dad and brother got into...More

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Alan J, Owner at The Shark Lab, responded to this reviewResponded February 4, 2017

Many thanks for the review Justinedb. I am very pleased that your family enjoyed our "swimming with sharks experience".

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Reviewed January 16, 2017

An interesting place, small but informative, there is shark diving with a little shark in a tank, I didn't do that, however the fish life was interesting and informative. The octopus was my highlight.

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Alan J, Owner at The Shark Lab, responded to this reviewResponded January 18, 2017

Many thanks for the review Jackiebutt. I am very pleased that you enjoyed your visit.

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