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100 different forms of marine life and 1800 fish and other marine organisms are on view in 1,500,000 litres of sea water, in 32 tanks with 50 viewing points, at the CretAquarium (Thalassocosmos).

It’s the largest aquarium in the southeast Mediterranean. The CretAquarium is the first aquarium built in Greece by Greeks. The country’s other aquarium, in Rhodes, was constructed by Italians over 80 years ago.

The CreteAquarium has been designed with attention to every detail and its tanks attempt to imitate the marine environment of Crete.

Visitors before summer will not see the final picture of the aquarium. This is because everything is being done gradually so as not upset the delicate balance of the ecosystem.

The CretAquarium was officially opened in December 2005. It provides its visitors with a special experience, a trip to the underwater world of the Mediterranean Sea and its creatures. The Crete Aquarium, apart from being a huge attraction for Crete bringing financial benefits from local visitors and tourists, also provides information on marine life and will be a valuable tool for scientists and marine researchers. For the first time in Crete, it are easy to observe and record the secrets of sea creatures in an environment very close to their natural habitat.

Underlining the relationship between humans and the sea, the CretAquarium aims at reaching out and introducing its visitors to the wonderful world of the sea from which life on our planet evolved and on which all land ecosystems still depend. CretAquarium and “Thalassocosmos” in general will undoubtedly contribute to this realization by providing its knowledge and sharing it with the public through the aquarium while encouraging its visitors to become aware, sensitive and active on issues concerning the marine world.

Sweetski says:
Very interesting information, and don't worry: I will help keep the oceans clean :)
Posted on: Aug 25, 2008
Rashidtheone says:
awww its great :) I like fish and i have some at home :D
Posted on: Aug 24, 2008
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