Visiting the zoos and aquariums has always been an exciting and awesome experience for the masses. Moreover, if they are the world’s largest aquariums then the amount of the excitement increases manifolds. Have you ever imagined yourself standing in front of the gigantic water tank filled with sharks, sting rays, piranhas and many other deadly sea creatures? Yes, it seems so exciting. Therefore, to increase your excitements million times, we have penned down the 6 largest aquarium in the world. Enjoy reading about them and acquaint yourself about the deeper insights of them.
6 Largest Aquarium In The World
Now let us dive into the world of the largest aquariums around the globe and enjoy visiting them.
1. The Georgia Aquarium (6.3 Million Gallons)
Situated in Atlanta, The Georgia Aquarium is the largest aquarium in the world. It is the home for more than 100,000 sea creatures. The Georgia Aquarium was opened in November 2005 and has got its majority of funding, $250 million, from the Bernie Marcus, the co-founder of Home Depot. One amazing fact about the Georgia Aquarium is that it is the only aquarium that is the home for whale sharks outside Asia. The majority of the sharks that are inside the Georgia Aquarium are kept in the gigantic 24 million litters or 6.3 million gallon tanks, inside the Ocean Voyager Exhibit. During its initial times, the Georgia Aquarium had to go through a controversy that was related to the housing of whale sharks. As there was death of two whale sharks, the controversy got heightened but later on everything was settled.
2. Dubai Mall Aquarium (2.64 Million Gallons)
The second largest aquarium in the world is the Dubai Mall Aquarium. Many of you may not know, but the Dubai Mall is the world’s largest shopping mall and is situated inside the 20 billion dollar Burj Dubai complex in Dubai. A gigantic aquarium is placed at the centerpiece of the mall. This Dubai Mall Aquarium is the home for more than 33,000 living animals that include 400 sharks and rays combined. You may not know, but the Dubai Mall Aquarium has been registered in the Guinness Book of World Record for being the world’s ‘Largest Acrylic Panel.’ The length of the panel is 32.88 meter by 8.3 meters or 108 feet by 27 feet. The thickness of glass sheet is around 75 centimeters or 30 inches thick. The thickness beats the Japan’s Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium in the punch. One tragedy in February 2010 that include the leak in the shark filled tank caused the evacuation of the visitors and immediate shutdown of the mall.
3. Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium (1.98 Million Gallons)
Situated inside the Ocean Expo Park in Japan, The Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium was started in the year 2002. Kuroshio Sea is the name of the main tank of the aquarium, and it holds around 7.5 million liters or 1.98 million gallons of water. It is made up of the acrylic glass panel whose dimensions are 22.5 meters by 8.2 meters or 74 feet by 27 feet. It also has a thickness of 60 centimeters or 24 inches. It was the largest thickness during the time of its opening. The main creatures residing inside the Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium include whale sharks, manta rays and mane more. By July 2010, there are four manta rays that are born inside the aquarium.
4. L’Oceanografic (1.85 Million Gallons)
L’Oceanografic is a type of marine complex and is the habitat of numerous varieties of marine animals. Integrated inside the complex with the name City of Arts and Sciences, L’Oceanografic is situated in the city of Valencia, Spain. It is the largest aquarium tank in whole Europe and is the house of more than 45,000 marine creatures. All these marine creatures populate the underwater towers that are nine in numbers, and these towers are structured on two levels that represent numerous marine ecosystems. Two of the underwater towers are combined with the help of a 35 meters underwater tunnel. Moreover, the tank above the tunnels is filled with numerous sharks, rays, and around 7 million liters or 1.85 million gallons of water.
5. Turukuazoo (1.32 Million Gallons)
Turukuazoo is Turkey’s first ever giant aquarium, which was opened in the year 2009. This giant aquarium features the rainforests, tropical seas zones, and flooded forests. This giant aquarium is placed inside the Forum Istanbul Shopping Mall. It also has an 80 meters long tunnel that is completely under water. Turkuazoo is the home for more than 10,000 sea creatures that include giant stingrays, piranhas, and even sharks. There are around 29 different exhibits, and the largest exhibit holds around 5 million liters or 1.32 million gallons of water.
6. Monterey Bay Aquarium (1.2 Million Gallons)
The sixth in the list is Monterey Bay Aquarium, which is located on the site where a former sardine cannery on Cannery Row was situated in Monterey, California. In the complete aquarium, there are numerous exhibits that are constructed in the two gigantic tanks. The centerpiece of the aquarium is a 10 meter or 33-foot high tower and has around 1.3 million liters or 0.33 million-gallon water. You can clearly see the California coastal marine life through that. The second tank has the capacity of around 4.5 million liters or 1.2 million gallons water and is situated in the Outer Bay Wing of the aquarium. It also features one of the world’s largest single-paned windows. The marine creatures that are inside the Monterey Bay Aquarium include jellyfish, stingrays, sea, otters and many other native marine species. You can easily see these creatures from the above and below of the waterline.
Therefore, these were some of the world’s largest aquariums. How many you have visited? If you have not visited any, then now is the right time to visit them.