5. Turkuazoo, Turkey
The Istanbul Sea Life Aquarium, formerly known as the TurkuaZoo Aquarium, is a public aquarium located in Bayrampasa in Istanbul, Turkey. The aquarium was opened in 2009 as the first of its kind in the country and one of the biggest ones in Europe. The aquarium currently hosts around 25,000 aquatic animals and is divided into various artificial ecosystems including tropical rainforests, tropical marine habitats, flooded forests and more. The impressive marine predators of the aquarium like the sharks are housed in a special predator tank where those daring enough can enjoy a thrilling dive with the sharks experience. The 90-meter long Marinescape Sea Tube in the aquarium offers the viewers a spectacular panoramic view of marine life. The water supply of the aquarium is obtained from the Sea of Marmara.
4. L’Oceanogràfic, Spain
One of the best aquariums in the world, the L’Oceanogràfic aquarium, located near the city of Valencia in Spain occupies 110,000 square meters of surface area, and has a water capacity of 42,000,000 liters. The aquarium opened its doors to the public in 2003 and currently houses nearly 45,000 marine and freshwater aquatic mammals, fishes and reptiles as well as water birds belonging to over 500 species. The aquarium is designed to represent the distinct aquatic ecosystems of the world like the Mediterranean habitat, the mangrove and swamp habitat, Arctic seas, tropical waters, temperate seas and more. Dolphins, sharks, rays, walruses, beluga whales, sea lions are some of the most popular inhabitants of this aquarium. The aquarium derives its water source from the nearby sea beach of La Malva-Rosa.
3. Churaumi Aquarium, Japan
The Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium, occupying an area of 19,000 square meters of land and 77 tanks holding 10,000 cubic meters of water, is located in the Ocean Expo Park in Okinawa, Japan. The aquarium opened in 2002, currently encompasses four floors where water filled tanks thrive with marine life including sharks, rays, fishes, and corals. The Kuroshio Sea tank is the largest tank in the aquarium as well as the largest of its kind in the world.
2. Georgia Aquarium, U.S.A.
More than 100,000 animals representing over 500 species of aquatic lifeforms, inhabit the Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta, Georgia, USA. The aquarium holds 10 million gallons of water thriving with marine life. A huge donation of $250 million USD by an American businessman, Bernard Marcus, was the major force behind the establishment of the Georgia Aquarium. Manta rays, belugas, dolphins, and whale sharks are some of the notable specimens of the aquarium. The aquarium was the largest once in the world between 2005 and 2012.
1. SEA Aquarium, Singapore
The S.E.A. Aquarium or the South East Asia Aquarium is located within the Marine Life Park in Sentosa, Singapore. The massive aquarium hosts over 800 aquatic animal species representing more than 100,000 marine animals. These animals inhabit the 10 zones and 49 natural habitats recreated within the boundaries of the park. Some of the notable animals of the aquarium include manta rays, bottlenose dolphins, hammerhead sharks, and guitarfish.
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Oishimaya is an Indian native, currently residing in Kolkata. She has earned her Ph.D. degree and is presently engaged in full-time freelance writing and editing. She is an avid reader and travel enthusiast and is sensitively aware of her surroundings, both locally and globally. She loves mingling with people of eclectic cultures and also participates in activities concerning wildlife conservation.
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