Thunder From Down Under Performers Visit with Dolphins at The Mirage

December 18, 2012 by  

Ryan and Alex pose with Maverick
On Tuesday, Dec. 18, Thunder From Down Under performers Alex Biffan and Ryan Paki took a dip with Maverick, a bottlenose dolphin, at Siegfried & Roy’s Secret Garden & Dolphin Habitat at The Mirage Hotel & Casino (Photo credit: MGM Resorts International)

Alex interacts with Maverick

Alex interacts with Maverick

Photo credit: MGM Resorts International.

Shortly after arriving at the Habitat, the two excited performers quickly changed into wetsuits before diving into the water. After a quick tutorial by Philip Admire, Curator of Dolphin Care, Alex and Ryan were able to cue Maverick on several interactions including a pectoral fin wave and a dorsal tow. The two Aussies then treated their new friend to one of his favorite snacks—a mix of fish and squid. Before saying goodbye, the two entertainers were joined by Maverick on the ledge of the pool where images were captured to commemorate their visit.

Alex and Maverick pose for a picture poolside

Alex and Maverick pose for a picture poolside

Photo credit: MGM Resorts International.

Thunder from Down Under performs seven nights a week at Excalibur Hotel & Casino.  For show times and ticket prices, visit

The Mirage offers guests the Trainer for a Day Program where they can enjoy similar experiences as those described above. For more information, visit

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