Photography: J.Yaya

WELCOME TO TEMPERATE AND TROPICAL ZONES

The temperate and tropical seas occupy and extends from the equator to latitudes close to the polar circles, understanding by both the majority of the oceans.

The tropical seas have an average temperature of the surface waters of 25 degrees C, and these warm waters allow the development of the greatest biodiversity in the world.

The temperate seas whose temperature has thermal oscillations, reaching 12 degrees of minimal, are distinguished by presenting a very high productivity and of great biological importance due to the annual outbreaks of plankton. They are both resident species as migratory, which move through the temperate seas in search of resources.

1. Seals
The installation of seals, with 96300 liters, represents an ecosystem typical of the rocky shores of the Atlantic.
The visitor can contemplate from the top where you will find the beach, seals and sea lions of Stenlee.
In the bottom, a large acrylic allows us to appreciate the ease of swimming of these animals.

2. Forests of Quelpos
In the cold waters that bathe the Northern California the quelposgrows , one of the world’s largest algae, whose growth is 30cm per day. These are real forests where many agencies are submarines shelter and food.
In this aquarium of 265,000 l, it is reproduced the species macrocistys pyrifera, known as quelpo giant, whose long stem, the estipe, remains upright in the water by vesicles that function as floats, situated at the base of their fronds. The central axis adheres to the rocky substrate through a system of basal called rizoid mounting.

3. The Izu Peninsula
This aquarium of 265,000 l represents the seabed of the Izu peninsula,which means place of thermal waters , in Japan, situated on one of the planet’s largest tectonic faults.
Its marine currents and its underwater topography are irregularly reproduced in the installation, whose protagonist is the giant spider crab.

4. Temperate Tunnel
This tunnel of 70 meters is one of the longest in the world. With 700000 liters, it simulates the underwater journey by the Atlantic Ocean, that crosses the stretches of temperate waters of Europe, the open sea and the tropical waters of America.
The first tranche of tunnel starts with a rocky bottom of laminar algae, between the fish that swim body serpent shape, as conger eels and moray eels.

To leave behind the temperate seas, it crosses a strip of open water that represents the Sargasso Sea, whose name is due to the amount of floating algae of the genus Sargassum that appear in the zone. Along the tunnel, the presence of a multitude of fish body silver hydrodynamics will grab your attention.

The last stretch of the tunnel shows an underwater vision of the roots of a mangrove, species that grows in marshy areas and which possess great ecological diversity.

5.Deep blue

Set of 5 tanks of small and medium size located in the tower of temperate. In them, they are represented ecosystems of depth in which we will find ourselves with cold waters and low light, and therefore the animals that live there are curious adaptations. In the tank we can find copies of fish such as the San Pedro, the Gardon of blue stripes, and fish pineapple. We can also observe invertebrates such as the Nautilus, the santiaguiños, the gorgonian or striking anemones strawberry.

6. Jellyfish
Just before crossing the tunnel that will take you back to the tropical seas, visitors can observe the jellyfish exhibiton. the amazing animals will leave us amazed with its delicate movements of swimming. Also, visitors will discover the ctenphorous , the garden eels and pipe fish.

 

TROPICAL

The installation dedicated to the tropical seas also receives the name of oval room due to its oval form. In the ceiling of the room decoration simulates the keel of a boat seen from the inside of the water to increase the feeling of immersion. On both sides, two panoramic aquariums with a front of 24 meters each, reproduced marine ecosystems of greatest biological wealth of the world: coral reefs, specifically, the Caribbean and the Indo-pacific both tropical ecosystems, characterized by a great wealth of species and range of colours.

1.The Indopacific Ocean
This region is located between the Indian and Pacific oceans, area that includes places like Indonesia, Malaysia, the northwest coast of Australia, New Guinea and the Philippines.
In this aquarium of 443000 liters stresses the spectacle of fish such as the humphead wrasse, moreana honeycomb, surgeons, butterfly fish, puffer fish and the angel fish.

2. Caribbean Sea

The Caribbean Sea is a marine space located in the Atlantic Ocean, circumscribed by the lands of Venezuela, Colombia, Central America, the West and Lesser Indies. The warm equatorial current of the North Atlantic, the lack of exchange with other waters and the high solar radiation raise the temperature of its waters up to 24 degrees. Thus the Caribbean sea is a thermal accumulator that permits the development of certain plant and animal species.

In the tank of the Caribbean with 443000 liters, you can see the grunts, Lutjanus, labros and Sergeant Major, moray eels and green eagles face of cow, among many other species.

3. Indo-Pacific coral.

It fosters different animals of the Indo-Pacific region. The recreation of a coral reef in an aquarium is a very delicate work and that requires a large period of time to develop, to do this we have counted with donations of cuttings from other aquariums, and as in the natural environment, this tank will be enriched with the passage of the years, counting already now with more than 50 different species. Among the species that we find we have yellow surgeons, clown fish, mandarin gudgeon and great amount of different coral species as corals fungus, the cactus, horn of deer,…

 

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What can you see?

  • Angular rough sharkSe localiza en el mar Mediterráneo y el Atlántico oriental desde las costas de Noruega hasta Sudáfrica, su presencia en las costas de Mozambique no está muy clara.More info
  • Pinneaple fishMonocentris japonicus recibe el nombre de "pez piña" debido al gran tamaño de las escamas que recubren su cuerpo y a su coloración amarilla con borde negro.More info
  • SeahorseLos caballitos de mar se incluyen la familia Syngnathidae , dentro del género (Hippocampus), dentro del cual se pueden distinguir un total 32 especies diferentes.More info
  • TridacnaTridacna, un género de moluscos bivalvos marinos de la familia Cardiidae. Las 7 especies de este género, junto a las del género Hippopus, se conocen comúnmente como almejas gigantes.More info
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