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WELCOME TO MEDITERRANEAN

The name of the sea comes from latín ‘Mediterraneum Mar’ , which means ‘sea in the middle of the earth’, because of its location on the globe.

In this habitat they are represented by nine different aquariums, biodiversity of our waters that change depending on the area that generates the vertical distribution.
It shows part of the biological richness of the Mediterranean Sea by exposing nine aquariums of different formats depending on the habitat represented, and with about 7,400 specimens of fish and invertebrates.

The Mediterranean includes the following nine aquariums:

1.- Posidonia Meadows.
In this aquarium of 18,000 liters maintains the temperature of 18 ° C for growth of Posidonia, a superior plant with flowers, fruit and roots that has been able to adapt to life in sea. These vegetables grow in areas with clear water and shallow where they can perform photosynthesis. form large areas of very dense seagrass beds of great ecological importance, being a breeding and reproduction of many species.
In Posidonia meadows are fish as salps, Fredis, thrushes and invertebrates such as sea cucumbers, sea urchins and starfish, among others.

2.- Port.
This represents 155,000 liters aquarium existing biodiversity in port areas, a reproduction of the waters submerged a jetty and the remains of a sunken ship welcomes the animals that have been able to adapt to this environment.
Among them we dance, soft, low and flat fish, adapted to living in heavily disturbed environments such as ports, even where there are high levels of contamination.

3.- Sublitoral.
80,000 l, in this habitat closest to the coast and permanently submerged zone is recreated.
An environment is subject to intense illumination allows significant and dense algal cover. Theming made of large blocks of artificial rock between those born channels reflects the strong wave hydrodynamics derived that characterizes these areas, where due to the intense lighting, good oxygenation and constant hydrodynamics, infralitoral floor give this highly complex.
Species as diverse as Los Serranos, castanets, salps and invertebrates such as hermit crabs, sea urchins and starfish are in these shallow seabed.

4.- Mesolitoral.
This aquarium shows flora and fauna adapted to periodic motion of typical waves, which defines the area as a zone mesolittoral “intertidal”. In its 7000 liters you can be seen through two acrylic hemispheres, where you can snorkel in this habitat and observe the different agencies.

5.- Breakers.
The unique design of this aquarium 40,000l allows visitors into the heart of waves through a tunnel, which is experienced in the first-person action of a wave breaking on a producing a turbulent effect rocky cliff.
Fish such as bream, Escorpora, crappie or show their adaptation to the marine environment seabream.

6.- Coralligenous ecosystems.
The last tower aquarium simulates the Mediterranean coralligenous ecosystem, typical of over 40 meters, where the rooms are dark depths.
Coralligenous is a complex environment with high biodiversity, which, due to its low light, the algae only develop and allow the existence of other agencies.
In the recesses of the rocks that house lobsters, Antias, real mullet cover of darkness.
Other species representative of this aquarium are the three lines, Ochavo and cicadas, and agencies such as spider crab or lobster invertebrates.

7. Cephalopods (octopus) and sepia
In a volume of 1600 liters it represents a seabed with rocks and seaweed varieties that fit in which are the biggest marine invertebrates, cephalopods. Alternative octopus with cuttlefish, due to the territoriality of both species. With regard to the cuttlefish, the sample size is about 15 centimeters, reaching adulthood in the natural environment of 30-40 cm. In the case of octopus, and because they are very territorial animals, includes only one animal in the aquarium. It was located at the bottom of the aquarium rocks in order to offer the animal a place to hide. In both cases, octopus and cuttlefish, the water temperature is around 16 ° C.

8. Invertebrates.
It represents a rocky area of the Mediterranean coast, where there are two rooms: a bright area and a cave in the twilight. In these places, different types of invertebrates are distributed, according to their light requirements: Anemone inlaid with gray gornonia Sarmiento, red coral, coral yellow, buttercup, anemone and jewelry.

 

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