You’re home aquarium holds, on an average, 29-30 gallons of water, although there are some pretty impressive designs out there. Public aquariums are dramatically larger than whjat you got at home, but only a few are big enough to make it on our list of 10 most awesome aquariums in the world. It’s all about the gallons, but also about the memories.
10. Aquarium of Western Australia
The Aquarium of Western Australia, or AQWA in short, is located in a coastal suburb of Perth. It contains Australia’s largest aquarium tank, with the main tank being 40 meters (130 ft) long and 20 meters (66 ft) wide; it holds 3,000,000 liters (793,000 gallons) of seawater. The 98 meter (322 ft) underwater tunnel allows visitors to experience its beauty, while snorkelers and divers can get even closer to the fish, sharks, and rays by joining the aquarium’s dive master.
9. Aquarium of Genoa
Built for Expo 92, the Aquarium of Genoa in Italy is one of the largest aquariums in Europe. There are 70 tanks down there, which reproduce marine and terrestrial habitats from throughout the world and house more than 6000 animals. The most spectacular ones are those housing sharks, dolphins and seals – not next to each-other, I hope.
8. Shanghai Ocean Aquarium
The Shanghai Ocean Aquarium is one of the largest aquariums in Asia. It is composed of 9 exhibition zones which cover the world – including the China Zone, the Antarctic Zone and the Australia Zone. The China Zone is home to several endangered Chinese aquatic species. But the biggest attraction s the underwater tunnel: 155 meter (509 ft) long and loads of fun; this is the longest underwater tunnel in the world.
7. uShaka Marine World
The uShaka Marine World is a theme park located in Durban, South Africa. It features the largest aquarium in Africa and 32 tanks. There are plenty of sea creatures here, with the aquarium built to look like an old wreck; there are also various restaurants and cafes. The Cargo Hold restaurant contains a full wall sized aquarium which provides with a unique view of the sharks from most of the dining area.
6. Monterey Bay Aquarium
The Monterey Bay Aquarium was built on the site of a former sardine cannery. Among the aquarium’s numerous exhibits are two gigantic tanks, but thr focus point is a 10 meter (33 foot) high 1,3 million liter (0,33 million gallon) tank for viewing California coastal marine life. Another 4,5 million liter (1,2 million gallon) tank features one of the world’s largest single-paned windows, allowing sea-life to be viewed above and below the waterline.
Opened in 2009, Turkuazoo is Turkey’s first giant aquarium. Visitors may experience a rainforest, flooded forest and tropical seas zones; the unique part is that this particular aquarium is located inside the Forum Istanbul Shopping Mall. It contains a 80 meter long underwater tunnel and houses around 10,000 sea creatures – tiger sharks, giant stingrays and piranhas included. The largest tank holds 5 million liters (1,32 million gallons) of water.
L’Oceanogràfic is a marine complex where different marine habitats are represented. Integrated within a complex known as the City of Arts and Sciences, inside the city of Valencia, Spain. The Oceanogràfic features the largest aquarium tank in Europe where more than 45,000 marine creatures live: nine underwater towers, two levels and several marine ecosystems. Two underwater towers are joined by a 35 meter underwater tunnel, while the tank contains sharks, rays and 7 million liters (1,85 million gallon) of water.
3. Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium
The Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium is located within the Ocean Expo Park in Japan. Opened in 2002, the aquarium’s main tank was called the Kuroshio Sea. It holds 7,5 million liters (1,981,000 gallons) of water and features an acrylic glass panel measuring 8.2 by 22.5 meters (27 by 74 feet) with a thickness of 60 centimeters (24 inches); you’ve guessed it, this is the largest such panel in the world – at least it was when the aquarium was opened.
2. Dubai Mall Aquarium
The Dubai Mall is one the world’s largest shopping malls in the world; I knew it had everything, but an aquarium? Well, it seems the centerpiece of the mall is the gigantic aquarium tank, with the capacity to hold 10 million liters (2,64 million gallons) of water. There are more than 33,000 animals living here, including over 400 sharks and rays. It officially earned the Guinness World Record for the world’s “Largest Acrylic Panel”: 8.3 by 32.88 meter (27 by 108 feet), 75 centimeters (30 inches) thick.
1. Georgia Aquarium
The Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta is the largest aquarium in the world; it houses more than 100,000 sea creatures. Funded mostly by a $250 million donation from Home Depot co-founder Bernie Marcus, the aquarium opened in November 2005 and is the only institution outside of Asia to house whale sharks. A gigantic 24 million liter (6.3 million gallon) tank was built especially for them, and I’m guessing the public loves that.