Explore the Oceans
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Explore the Oceans


The seas and rivers are filled with a bewildering array of wildlife, but because of their underwater habitat it is often very difficult for us to fully appreciate life below the waves. The best way to see marine life is in an aquarium where marine biologists have selected hundreds of varieties of fish and other sea creatures to display, often in naturalistic environments. Carefully designed tanks enable visitors to see the creatures up close, watching them through perspex walls and occasionally swimming in the tanks themselves.

 

Monterey Bay Aquarium, USA

Monterey Bay Aquarium, USA

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The first aquarium in the world to grow live Californian giant kelp, Monterey also has one of the most comprehensive jellyfish exhibits in the world, and is one of very few to display both yellowfin and bluefin tuna. Built on the site of an old sardine cannery, the kelp display is a number of floors high, allowing visitors to see the different sorts of life displayed at different depths in kelp forests.

National Aquarium, USA

National Aquarium, USA

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Prior to the opening of the Georgia Aquarium in 2005, the Baltimore Aquarium was consistently rated the best aquarium in the United States. With an extremely family-friendly layout situated in the Inner Harbour, the aquarium is home to over 600 permanent residents, as well as two large rotating exhibits. The multi-level central tank allows visitors to look at four different levels of marine life inside their domain.

Aquarium of Western Australia, Australia

Aquarium of Western Australia, Australia

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The largest aquarium in Australia and the only aquarium in the western half of the country, AQWA has over 400 species of native Australian marine life representing all 12,000km of western Australia’s coastline. It also has one of the world’s premiere coral exhibits.

Turkuazoo, Turkey

Turkuazoo, Turkey

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The newest aquarium on this list at only a little over two years old, it is the largest aquarium in Europe as well. 43 different exhibits house over 10,000 animals, and an underwater tunnel with moving walkway offers an incredible look under the sea.

Sydney Aquarium, Australia

Sydney Aquarium, Australia

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Being home to the greatest variety of aquatic life in Australia means hosting a great number of wild, exotic creatures. The Sydney Aquarium is home to unique creatures not found elsewhere in captivity, including bizarre wildlife such as dugongs, platypus, grey nurse sharks, smalltooth sawfish and more. Not as large as AQWA, it is more thorough in its collection of Australian aquatic life, with over 650 separate species.

Dubai Aquarium, UAE

Dubai Aquarium, UAE

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The world’s largest mall plays host to the world’s largest acrylic panel, which holds behind it a giant seascape containing almost 33,000 specimens. The sheer size alone makes it worth seeing, but it has also managed to include a 270-degree walkthrough tunnel, as well as a small zoo directly above the aquarium tank.

Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium, Japan

Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium, Japan

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One of the largest and most modern aquariums in Japan, it also contains a great variety of specimens, with over 740 separate species. It is located within the Ocean Expo Park, which contains plenty of other experiences to go with your aquarium visit. 

L’Oceanografic, Spain

L’Oceanografic, Spain

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Containing bi-level displays in unique aquarium towers, L’Oceanografic is beautifully designed as well as being very thorough. It is part of the largest marine life park in Europe, which contains over 500 species of animals, although some are of the non-aquatic type.

Vancouver Aquarium, Canada

Vancouver Aquarium, Canada

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The oldest aquarium on the list at 55 years of age, it is also the most thorough, with over 70,000 creatures spanning approximately 6,000 species. It was the first aquarium to employ professional naturalists to interpret the behaviour of the marine life in captivity, and is one of the world leaders in oceanic research, conservation and rehabilitation. While not as spectacular as many of the other aquariums on this list, being fairly modest in size, it is almost certainly the most important in terms of education and conservation.

Georgia Aquarium, USA

Georgia Aquarium, USA

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This is the only aquarium in the United States that can boast of being home to manta rays, whale sharks and hammerheads, along with over 100,000 other specimens. It also happens to be the largest aquarium in the world and one of the most modern. The Georgia Aquarium is only six years old, but those short years have been used to create a vast expanse of educational exhibits that have brought together a variety of sea life not found in captivity at the same aquarium anywhere else in the world.

Date posted: 22nd July, 2017

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