The Reef Lagoon is a fascinating marine habitat home for Paradise Island’s bottom-dwelling nurse shark residents. And an opportunity for resort guests to get an up close and educational look at a collection of marine animals who protect Atlantis’ myths and treasures.
Nurse Sharks: Primarily nocturnal, Nurse sharks (Ginglymostoma cirratum) spend the majority of their time resting in small groups on the bottom of the lagoon. Unlike most sharks, Nurse sharks have a special ability to use their muscles to pump water over their gills.
It is unclear where nurse sharks received their name. It could come from the sucking sound they make when consuming their prey. Others believe it may be derived from the archaic word, nusse, which means cat shark. The most likely explanation is that the name is derived from the English word for sea-floor shark, hurse.
Day passes are available for purchase at the Discover Atlantis desk in Coral Towers and space is limited.
Individuals under 18 years old must be accompanied by an Adult 18 years or older.