10 of the Largest and most amazing Aquariums in the world that are Ecosystems of their own
How many of us have loved keeping fish while young. How many of us simply fell in love with ‘Finding Nemo”. Fans were no less delighted when a second film was made titled “Finding Dory”. But as Aquariums go, there is no limit to making them as attractive as possible although the special requirements for maintenance is can be quite daunting.
If you are truly interested in the marine world and would love the experience of being underwater without having to get wet, then these 10 spectacular and largest aquariums in the world will definitely amaze you.
1 (AOWA), Perth, Australia
The Aquarium of Western Australia or AOWA has the largest tank in the world containing 8, 00,000 gallons of water. AOWA’s main attraction is its variety of coastal creatures such as crocodiles, whale sharks, black tip sharks and stingrays. What’s great about AOWA is that diving enthusiasts can explore the aquarium interior with a dive guide.
2 Aqua Dom Radisson Blu Hotel Berlin, Germany
The mesmerizing Aqua Dom inside the Radisson Blu hotel in Berlin is part of sea life Berlin. Constructed in a cylindrical shape it stands at a height of 82 feet and contains 1 million liters of water. It is the largest cylindrical tank in the world and is home to 97 species of fish. Four divers are required to clean the tanks three times daily.
3 UShaka Marine World, Durban, South Africa
One of the largest aquariums in Africa, the Ushaka Marine World hosts 32 tanks and contains almost every marine creature on the planet. From large killer whales to the tiny sea horses this fantastic aquarium resembling a ship wreckage underwater even sports a glass walled restaurant where you can get a firsthand experience of the marine life below.
4 TurkuaZoo, Istanbul, Turkey
The Turkua Zoo is relatively new as an aquarium but it is imposing no less. Located inside the Forum Istanbul shopping Mall, the Turkua Zoo is large 80km long underwater tunnel constructed adjacent to a rainforest styled habitat and a flooded wetland which is home to about 10,000 species of different marine and aquatic animals.
5 Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium, Okinawa, Japan
Conceived in 2002 as an Ocean Expo, the Okinawa Aquarium is regarded as the world’s most spectacular aquarium that contains sharks, whales, mantas and other exotic marine species. The main tank called the Kuroshio Sea is the showstopper feature of this aquarium and is made from acrylic glass paneling.
6 Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo, Dubai, UAE
The Dubai Aquarium and underwater zoo is one of the swankiest of aquariums housed in the Dubai Mall which is among the largest shopping males in the world. The aquarium contains 2.64 million gallons of water and houses 33,000 specimens of marine life.
7 Shanghai Ocean Aquarium, Shanghai, China
This is one of the largest aquariums in Asia hosting several endangered species. It has nine different divisions like Australia zone or the China zone. At 509 feet, this makes the Shanghai Ocean Aquarium the longest in the world.
8 L’Oceanografic, Valencia, Spain
Located inside the city of arts and Sciences Valencia is Europe’s largest tank housing 45,000 species that make up several ecosystems of marine life. The L’Oceanografic features some pretty remarkable architecture and contains1.85 million gallons of water.
9 Monterey Bay Aquarium, Monterey, California
The Monterey bay Aquarium is located on Cannery Row Monterey California. It consists of two gigantic tanks. One is a 10 meter 33 feet high water tank holding .33 million gallons of water that contains Californian coastal life and the other is a 1.2 million gallon tank that boasts of the world’s largest single pane window for observing marine life in the natural habitat. You get stingrays, otters, jelly fish and various native species.
10 Georgia Aquarium Atlanta
This is the largest aquarium in the world that is home to 100,000 marine creatures. Funded by Bernie Marcus who donated $250 million towards its construction, it opened in November 2005. This is the only aquarium outside Asia to contain whale sharks which are kept in an enormous 6.3 million gallon tank.