The most interesting and largest aquariums in the world
Tourweek has compiled a list of the world’s most interesting, most unique and largest aquariums …
Aquarium in Atlanta, USA
Georgia Aquarium – the largest aquarium in the world, located in the US city of Atlanta. It was opened in 2005, the total volume of water in the tanks of the aquarium – more than 32,000 cubic meters.
The oceanarium is divided into 60 thematic sections, which are inhabited by about 120,000 sea creatures belonging to more than 500 different species.
Four huge whale sharks, two whale whales and two manta rays can be considered the most interesting inhabitants of the Georgia Aquarium.
In the aquarium there are not only closed ponds, but also ponds where you can touch the inhabitants, for example, a small pond with stingrays.
The Oceanarium in Atlanta is not only a scientific and educational institution, but also a serious research center, where scientists working in the study of marine life work.
Official website – www.georgiaaquarium.org
Okinawa Aquarium, Japan
The Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium is one of the largest aquariums in the world, opened in 2002, on the Japanese island of Okinawa. The Japanese aquarium is the second largest in the world, after the aquarium in the American city of Atlanta.
The main reservoir of the aquarium holds 7,500 cubic meters of water, it is held by an ultra-transparent acrylic wall 60 centimeters thick and 8.2 by 22.5 meters in size. This acrylic wall is so transparent that it allows visitors to admire the underwater world as if they are on the seabed.
The highlight of the Okinawa Tyuraumi Aquarium is the fact that it is located on a hill with steps leading to the top. Thanks to this interesting architectural solution, the illusion of a gradual plunge into the depths of the ocean is created.
Initially, visitors enter the 3rd floor of the oceanarium, which presents the world of corals and fish living in shallow water.
Then, going down to the second floor, visitors are among the inhabitants of the warm current of Kuroshio, which include stingrays and huge whale sharks.
On the ground floor, at the very bottom of the building, visitors will meet with unusual inhabitants of the darkest depths of the sea. Many of them are usually hidden from human eyes because they live at depths below 200 meters.
All the inhabitants of the Okinawa Tyuraumi Aquarium are found in the waters surrounding the island, and guests have a great opportunity to immerse themselves in the amazing underwater world of the sea around Okinawa.
Aquarium in Berlin, Germany
AquaDom is an unusual and the world’s largest cylindrical saltwater aquarium located at the Radisson SAS Hotel in Berlin.
The aquarium called AquaDom is a transparent flask 25 meters high, about 12 meters in diameter, filled with water. The volume of this aquarium is more than 1,000,000 liters of water. More than 1,500 fish belonging to 97 species live here.
Inside the aquarium there is a transparent elevator, made in the form of a bulb. Rising floors higher, guests of the Radisson SAS Hotel have the opportunity to see the underwater world from the inside.
Some rooms have internal windows and a view of the aquarium.
The AquaDom project was implemented at the end of 2003. The cost of the aquarium was 12.8 million euros.
Aquarium in Lisbon, Portugal
Lisbon Oceanarium – This is the largest European aquarium in the Portuguese city of Lisbon.
The Lisbon Oceanarium offers visitors a large collection of fish, mammals, birds and other inhabitants of the marine and coastal zone. In total, more than 16,000 individuals belonging to 450 species are represented in the aquarium.
This aquarium, created with the participation of American designers, imitates the environment of several oceans at once: Indian, Arctic, Atlantic, Pacific, as well as Antarctic waters.
Large fish such as the sea devil and the hammerhead shark live in the central aquarium.
The system of several aquariums is designed to allow visitors to see the underwater world from all sides.
The pride of the aquarium is the moon fish, the content of which requires the creation of optimally close to natural conditions. Other interesting inhabitants of the aquarium in Lisbon are large spider crab.
Outside, the aquarium building looks like a huge galleon with glass sails and masts.
Opening hours: from 10:00, in the summer until 20:00, in the winter until 19:00. Tel: 21 891 7002/6.
Aquarium in Cape Town, South Africa
The Two Oceans Aquarium is the largest aquarium located in the Southern Hemisphere (Republic of South Africa).
The name – “Aquarium of two oceans”, was given to the aquarium for a simple reason: animals of the Atlantic and Indian oceans washing the territory of South Africa are represented here.