Being a part of the world of sea animals is a beautiful and pleasant experience. Imagine witnessing fishes, starfishes, and innumerable other sea creatures all at the same place.
There are plenty of aquariums all around the world, which makes it challenging to pick one to visit; therefore, we have curated a list of top 5 aquariums in the world which promise you an experience of a lifetime.
- Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo, Dubai, United Arab Emirates: Dubai Mall Aquarium is one of the world’s largest indoor aquariums with a 48-meter aquarium tunnel. It has been the holder of Guinness World Records 2010 edition for world’s largest acrylic panel.
Along with the aquarium, there is also an underwater zoo with different kinds of marine animals. It has three unique ecological zones: Rainforest, Rocky Shore, and Living Ocean. They provide the cage experience which proposes the visitors to dive into a sheltered cage to watch about 100 species of marine animals. It is also known for diving with sharks, glass bottom boat riding, and its underwater photography.
- SEA Aquarium (Sentosa Island), Singapore: The South East Asia Aquarium is in Singapore and contains the largest collection of manta rays in the world. It holds a total of 45,000,000 liters of water, and over 100,000 marine animals belonging to over 800 species. It has 10 zones with 49 habitats. It inhabits the rare Platinum Alligator Gar as well, whose species can be traced back to 100 million years ago.
The Open Ocean tank forms the centerpiece of the aquarium. The aquarium offers an ‘Under the Sea’ experience, called The Ocean Dreams program, on a few days when it opens its doors for a night for humans and marine life connect and for us to open our eyes to the world of beautiful fish in close proximity. It also offers certification from the Professional Association of Diving Instructors (PADI) with their selection of diving programs at Open Ocean Habitat.
- Valencia Aquarium and Marine Park – L’Oceanografic, Valencia, Spain: It is located in Valencia, Spain and has one of the most impressive structures. It covers about 1,200,000 square feet and has a total water capacity of about 42,000,000 liters, which makes it the largest structure of its kind in entire Europe. The aquarium is divided into various sections such as the Upper Shore, the Mid Shore, the Touching Pool, and others. Apart from that, there are also exhibitions of several marine animals such as the Arctic exhibitions where walruses and beluga whales are present. It is famously known for the Atlantic exhibitions, which stars Humboldt penguins, the Islands which shows various colonies of Patagonian sea lions, and the exhibition of seals that take place in the Temperate and Tropical section. There are about 45,000 animals present in the place which belong to about 500 kinds of species. Additionally, there is a Dolphinarium Exhibition, an underwater auditorium that resembles the Red Sea, and an underwater restaurant within the complex.
- Shanghai Ocean Aquarium, Shanghai, China: Shanghai Ocean Aquarium covers an area of about 13,000 square meters consisting of 28 large-scale themed exhibition areas displaying more than 10,000 rare fish as well as endangered creatures. Amongst them, some of the most eye-grasping are the poison dart frogs, jellyfish, ocean sunfishes, leafy sea-dragons, emperor penguins, and albino sea basses.
It has one the longest tunnels, which is about 168-meter, that takes visitors through a coastal reef, open ocean, a kelp cave, shark cove, and a coral reef. There are many exhibit zones, including China Zone, South America Zone, Africa Zone, etc. for the visitors. Currently, this is the only aquarium in the world to have profound a China Zone. This zone is known specifically for exhibiting aquatic organisms and also the ecology of the Yangtze valley along with a few endangered aquatic species in China.
- AquaDom & SEA LIFE Berlin, Berlin, Germany: The AquaDom in situated in Berlin, Germany, and has a very attractive structure, a 25m (82 ft.) tall cylindrical acrylic glass aquarium that has a built-in transparent elevator. It is inside the Radisson Blu Hotel in the DomAquarée complex at Karl-Liebknecht-Straße in Berlin.
It is home to more than 1,500 tropical fish of over 110 different species, from paddlefish with their long nose to the orange-white striped clownfish. Along with the aquarium, there is also the Berlin Sea Life Centre with different tanks containing various marine lives. The aquarium’s magnificent look, when it is lit up at night, is incomparable.
The aforementioned aquariums are worth a visit for their distinct specialties and offers, along with the diverse yet unique species of marine life found. Pick the aquariums that excite you and take off for an aqua-journey!
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