AQUADOM AQUARIUM, GERMANY
The AquaDom is located at the Radisson SAS Hotel in Berlin, Germany and was opened in December 2003. This cylindrical acrylic glass aquarium is 25mts tall and has a built-in transparent elevator. The aquarium exhibits 2,600 fish of 56 different varieties. Visitors can make use of the elevator to get a unique view of the aquarium.
SYDNEY AQUARIUM, AUSTRALIA
The Sydney Aquarium opened in 1988 and is located in New South Wales, Australia. It has an exquisite array of Australian aquatic life. The aquarium exhibits over 650 species with 6,000 individual fish and many other sea and water creatures.
The aquarium is based on Australian themes and showcases life across the rivers of Australia, the Southern and Northern River habitats and the oceans around Australia. The Seal Sanctuary and Open Ocean include two huge oceanariums. The Open Oceanarium has a large collection of sharks.
The Seal Sanctuary displays Australian Sea Lions, Australian Fur Seals, Sub-Antarctic Fur Seals and New Zealand Fur Seals.
The Great Barrier Reef complex of the aquarium holds a touch pool, a live coral cave, coral atoll, two circular exhibits and a giant Great Barrier Reef oceanarium. The oceanarium has more than 6,000 animals living in 2.6 million litres of water. The heated and filtered water is drained from Darling Harbour.
THE AQUARIUM OF WESTERN AUSTRALIA
The Aquarium of Western Australia (AQWA) is a fascinating privately owned aquarium located at Hillarys, Western Australia. It is the largest aquarium with an underwater tunnel and showcases attractive coral reefs, sharks, rays, turtles and other marine life.
The aquarium holds around 400 different kinds of marine life species as well as eight different types of sharks. AQWA's main aquarium is known as the Shipwreck Coast which is 40mts wide and 4.5mts deep.
UNDERWATER WORLD, SINGAPORE
Underwater World opened in 1991 and is located on the offshore island of Sentosa in Singapore. The oceanarium holds over 2,500 marine animals from 250 different species from various parts of the world. HawPar Corp owns this underground oceanarium, which comprises of a 270ftlong travelator. The travelator helps visitors reach a 6mm thick acrylic-windowed tunnel from where they can see coral reefs, stingrays, moray eels, turtles and sharks.
The Dolphin Lagoon is another section of the oceanarium which houses numerous Indo-Pacific humpback dolphins, also called pink dolphins. A daily show called 'Meet-the-Dolphins' provides a good opportunity for visitors to interact with the dolphins by entering into a waist-deep pool.
WAIKIKI AQUARIUM, USA
The Waikiki Aquarium opened in March 1904 and is one of the foremost marine science institutions in the United States. It is also the third oldest civic aquarium in the United States.
The aquarium is located next to a living coral reef on the shoreline of Waikiki, Hawaii. It holds over 3,055 plants and animals belonging to 464 varieties of marine species. More than 3,50,000 people visit this aquarium every year.
The exhibits at the Waikiki Aquarium showcase the aquatic life of Hawaii as well as the tropical West and South Pacific. The main exhibits include the Corals Are Alive exhibit, the Edge of the Reef exhibit, the Hawaiian Monk Seal exhibit, the Ocean Aquaculture exhibit and the Galleries at the Aquarium.
SHEDD AQUARIUM, USA
The John G Shedd Aquarium opened on May 30, 1930. This is an indoor public aquarium located in Chicago USA. At one time, it was considered to be the world' s largest indoor aquarium. It holds around 1,500 species which comprise of fish, marine mammals, birds, snakes, amphibians and insects.
Currently, the aquarium has five permanent exhibits namely Amazon Rising, Caribbean Reef, Waters of the World, the Oceanarium and Wild Reef. The 8,600sq ft Amazon Rising exhibit includes 250 different species. At the Caribbean Reef exhibit, a diver interacts with animals as well as people. A part of this section has a 3,40,000-litre circular tank which gives visitors a walk-around view. The oceanarium is divided into two levels. Visitors can see both Beluga whales and dolphins here.
GEORGIA AQUARIUM, USA
The Georgia Aquarium is the worldʼs largest aquarium. It houses between 1,00,000 and 1,20,000 different animals in 500 different varieties. The aquarium opened in 2005 and has been constructed on 20 acres of land by the co-founder Bernie Marcus. The aquarium has a capacity of 31,000 cubic metres of marine and fresh water. The noteworthy specimens of the aquarium are four young whale sharks, three beluga whales and two manta rays. This is the only aquarium outside Asia to have whale sharks. There are five different galleries at the Georgia Aquarium namely Georgia Explorer, Tropical Diver, Ocean Voyager, Cold Water Quest and River Scout, each corresponding to a particular environment. The aquarium also has a 4D theatre. The Titanic Aquatic exhibit which opened in 2009 displays a walkthrough of the ship RMS Titanic.
OKINAWA CHURAUMI AQUARIUM, JAPAN
The Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium is situated in the Ocean Expo Commemorative National Government Park in Okinawa, Japan. It is considered to be the worldʼs second largest aquarium.
This four-floor aquarium exhibits deep sea creatures, sharks, coral and other tropical fish. The aquarium includes 77 tanks with 10,000 cubic metres of water.
The main tank here is called Kuroshio Sea and displays an acrylic panel measuring 8.2mts by 22.5mts. One can see whale sharks and manta rays here along with other fish species. Around 80 different kinds of coral can be seen in this aquarium. The dolphin performances are yet another attraction at the aquarium.
DUBAI AQUARIUM, UAE
The Dubai Aquarium in the Dubai Mall was honoured by the Guinness Book of World Records as having the largest acrylic panel which measures 32.88mts by 8.3mts by 750mm and weighs 2,45,614kgs. This showcases more than 33,000 marine animals. The aquarium holds giant sand tiger sharks, stingrays, groupers and pelagic fish.
The aquarium also has an underground glass tunnel where one can observe underwater life. Another interesting exhibit is the rainforest exhibit that displays the precarious piranha, huge catfish, lighthearted otters and water rats. One can also see sea dragons there.
USHAKA MARINE WORLD, SOUTH AFRICA
Ushaka Marine World is a beautiful amusement park located on the strip of land between the beachfront and the harbour in Durban, South Africa. It is Africa's largest aquarium and also the world's fifth largest aquarium. It includes 32 water tanks and is constructed to appear like an old wrecked phantom ship. It also has several restaurants and cafes. The Cargo Hold is the most significant restaurant of all. The dolphin stadium houses about 1,200 visitors and the seal stadium is capable of housing 350 guests. Ragged-tooth sharks, giant grouper and guitarfish, hammerhead sharks and hagfish are amongst the remarkable fish species found at this aquarium. The aquarium also exhibits different kinds of reptiles, amphibians and arachnids, some of which are poisonous.