Turkey's Antalya home to longest tunnel aquarium

World's longest tunnel aquarium hosts more than 10,000 species of fish and sea creatures from all around the globe.

Turkey's Antalya home to longest tunnel aquarium
World Bulletin / News Desk
 
Not content with being one of Turkey’s top tourism spots, the country's coastal Antalya province has now gone one better - it hosts the world's longest tunnel aquarium.

The tank containing the 131-meter long, 3-meter wide tunnel hosts more than 10,000 species of fish and sea creatures from all around the globe.

Visitors watch as fish swim around life-sized replicas of an Italian warplane that crashed into the Mediterranean during World War II, a ship and submarine wrecks.

The complex housing the main tank contains over 40 theme tanks, with titles such as “World Oceans,” “Turkish Seas” and “Three Islands,” and was built on a 30,000 square-meter area. 

It also includes “Snow World,” a special snow-covered 200-meter square section featuring igloos, a “Santa Clause” house and cafes.

Kemal Kumkumoglu, the aquarium's chief-executive-officer, said: “In terms of its tank capacity, the aquarium is the world’s fifth largest, and Europe’s second largest one."

The complex is expected to soon become a member of the European Association of Zoos and Aquaria (EAZA), which will help staff share international know-how and address any health and adaptation problems suffered by its water-dwelling inhabitants.
Last Mod: 30 Ocak 2014, 11:44
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