SEA AQUARIUM CURACAO
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The Curaçao Sea Aquarium belongs to one of the most unique aquaria in the world. The reason being that, from the very beginning of the aquarium in 1984, the Sea Aquarium managed to create natural habitats for all its marine creatures without using sophisticated technical equipment.
Due to an open-water system all the aquaria are in immediate contact with the open sea. It is this advanced pump system that continuously pumps fresh seawater directly in all the aquaria. Openings in the roof allow natural sunlight to fall directly on the aquaria, so there is no need to use artificial light sources. The combination of the open-water system and the natural sunlight create the natural circumstances that are needed to replicate the underwater world outside the aquarium. Everything in the aquaria, from the fish and corals to the sand on the bottom of the exhibition tanks, originates from the seas surrounding the island of Curaçao.
The same conditions apply to the lagoons in which the dolphins, sealions, sharks, rays and turtles are living. The only thing that separates these lagoons from the open ocean are breakwaters built out of big rock boulders and an occasional fence, allowing fresh seawater to freely flow through all the lagoons.
When the Curaçao Sea Aquarium opened her doors in 1984, one of Curaçao’s most precious treasures was made accessible to visitors of all ages, both local as well as foreign; her amazing underwater world. The Sea Aquarium started with just a few aquaria, but over the years developed into a multidimensional park with marine exhibitions and activities for all ages. In the year 2002 ten bottlenose dolphins were brought to the island and Dolphin Academy Curaçao was officially established on the premises. These bottlenose dolphins within a short period of time became one of the main attractions of the Curaçao Sea Aquarium. Over the years several companies settled in the Curaçao Sea Aquarium area. Together these companies have become known as the Sea Aquarium Park.
The Curaçao Sea Aquarium offers everyone the opportunity to come into contact with the beauty of the Caribbean coral reefs and a wide variety of its inhabitants. The main goal of the Curaçao Sea Aquarium is, next to entertain, to educate both visitors from abroad as well as the local population about marine life around the island of Curaçao and about the importance of our marine ecosystems.
Conducting and facilitating marine biological research is also a significant part of the Curaçao Sea Aquarium. The Curaçao Sea Aquarium keeps all marine animals and creatures in conditions that closely resemble their natural circumstances and does this by making use of the natural sources on our island as much as possible.