The Secret Underwater Tunnel

This was shot under the Mandalay Bay hotel in Las Vegas where they have this lavish aquarium. It’s really gorgeous and dreamy under there, as you can tell. This area has all kinds of sharks and other wild-lookin’ things that were swimming all around me.

I was fortunate enough to take a private tour of the place thanks to the nice people at the MGM/Mirage management company, who also owns the Mandalay Bay. That allowed me to take the time I needed to set up this 5-exposure HDR shot without tourists getting in the way.

One time I did find a nurse shark in the Caribbean. It was a baby. I followed it for a while until it occurred to me that it might be swimming back to its mom. That sudden realization made me turn around pretty quick.

All of this underwater stuff reminds me of watching those Discovery channel shows about strange ocean creatures. I swear I could watch those things all day. I can’t get over how some of these things have evolved to fit their environment… just amazing. My favorite creatures are cephalopods … I never get tired of those documentaries!

The Secret Underwater Passage (by Stuck in Customs)

  • Lovely rich colors. Great shot.

  • Great shot Trey!
    Too bad you can only see a sawfish in the bottom!

  • Again great work here mate
    How do you get such access from teh MGM managament?
    Some tips on this would be great
    Kindest Regards
    Melbourne, Australia

  • Thanks!

    Hadrien… yes but Sawfishes are so cool! ๐Ÿ™‚

    Maurice – I was very lucky and talked to some nice people in the PR dept who set me up.

  • Mike Diblicek

    Hi Trey,

    Excellent Photo.

    Al the best


  • Hello Trey, blue must be one of your favourite colors, I suppose.
    Have you read the novel “The swarm” by Frank Schaetzing? It’s an apocalyptic triller. The setting is not in space, but in the deep of the ocean. You might enjoy the book

  • Facebook User

    Lucky you Trey for getting a private tour!! Great picture!

  • Facebook User

    Wow! I find it extremely difficult to take shots in similar conditions… I always get too much noise, or camera shake…

  • What a wonderful place to visit, Trey. You were so fortunate to get that time to photograph the aquarium!!! Great photo. We will be in Vegas for my hubby’s Laone Air Force Base Reunion in October. I hope they have a trip planned to visit this special place. I love to watch the marine life specials, too. It is an amazing world in the seas!!!! Also, I’ll be gone until Sunday morning, just so you know who doesn’t worry, lol. ๐Ÿ™‚ She is a joy to know!!!!!!

  • Thanks!

    Birgit – no I have not read that… the only underwater adventures I have read are Sphere by Crichton and a few Dirk Pitt NUMA books!

    Gail – thanks for the update hehe

  • Very cool shot! That’s pretty cool that you didn’t have to worry about tourists getting in your way.

  • casusan

    Wonderful shot….you are lucky to get to shoot this with no tourists!

  • Love all your works
    I’m a photography lover
    thanks for every single great photo right here ๐Ÿ™‚


    PS: you may take some shots at Portugal…never thought about?!

  • Deke


    Nice shot. You should try and visit Atlantis in the Bahamas to see their massive aquariums, many of which contain similar passages.

  • This is wonderfully beautiful! When I was a kid, I loved going to aquariums with these tunnels. I guess I didn’t mind the tourists back then. But when I visited the aquarium in Shanghai a few years ago, I wished I could just have the place to myself. Perhaps someday, I’ll be fortunate enough too ๐Ÿ™‚

    I’m also a big fan of documentaries too! Whether they are history, science, or travel shows… I can watch them all day. And I have to say, my favorite creature is the Opabinia.. too bad it’s extinct.. I think all the ancient sea creatures are awesome

  • Jorge

    nice picture! I’ve being to that aquarium and is a really nice place, I wonder if you have pictures of the jellow fish tank, that one is pretty nice too

  • Whoo hoo….. Awesome picture Trey….

  • Thanks!

    iLike – An Opabinia eh? I’ll have to wikipedia that one:

  • kglo


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