If one wants to feel like a fish in the water the only thing to do is just to be carried by stream. The recent opening of the aquarium of Gijón offers us an aquatic circuit which is faithful to its publicity. No one will feel disappointed after visiting this museum of the sea grounds. After two hours of route, we will feel it as a whisper because all the time we had spent under the water, surrounded by vivid colors and the biodiversity of it, is always a nice time.
At the aquarium of Gijón we can admire more than 4000 aquatic species, including both vertebrates and invertebrates belonging to 400 different species. Our route leads us to 60 aquariums of fresh and salt water, in which there are represented all the world seas. More than 2000 cubic meters of the water show of the asturian rivers, the Cantabrian Coast, the Caribbean Sea, the Pacific and Indic Oceans, the Red Sea, the African Indic Ocean, the South Atlantic Ocean and the Subtropical Atlantic Ocean.
Little by little we are adapting ourselves to this habitat. The main characteristic of the Aquarium of Gijon is its educational aim, it is really advisable for children. At any moment we are invited to keep a direct touch with all the species. We got closer to fish as if we were one of them. Little sharks, tortoises, penguins, and eight sharks of 1,5 and 2 meters long have come from the coast of Florida. From the asturian coast we find lobsters, spider crabs, crabs, sea urchins, goose barnacles and red breams. From the Caribbean we can also admire other different species. The well-known clown fish (famous for the film Nemo) and other rare names such as the cat fish, the yellow goat fish, the rabbit fish or even the surgeon fish. In addition, we can also find the carpet shark of the Oriental Pacific, be it horses and jellyfish. In this marine museum there is also a colorful space for corals characterized by its chest fish, cow fish, angel fish and butterfly fish.
It is located in the walk by the Beach of Poniente, in the same urban center of Gijón. This Aquarium was inaugurated June 10th in 2006, and up today its even increasing much more its popularity, so a visit would be always worthwhile. The first stage of this museum is completely dedicated to the Cantabrian river. We are also accompanied by the sound of sea in our route. Then we have access to the Cantabrian Coast where we find an aquarium from which we can see the movement of different fish.
Now we get to both areas of the Atlantic Ocean: the warm and the Caribbean. This is the dominium of the greatest swimmers. The warm ocean is illustrated by an enormous aquarium filled with 1,3 million liters of water and with 6 meters of depth where we can admire all types of sharks, such as the Bull of the South Atlantic.
This trip finally leads us to the Cape of Ovens, the home for those peculiar penguins of Magallanes.
In this route we are also explained all the costumes and diets of all fish, for instance, the tropical fish which feed of prawns, mussels and vegetables.
At the end of this walk we can watch a short film as a resume of our visit including an advice for the environmental preservation. Once this is finished, we can admire behind the screen two young nursemaid sharks.
This museum counts with a center for the Recovery of Species which its main purpose is to make this center a national referent, pioneer in the recovery of the fauna. The public will not be able to enter this area but it can be seen from the terrace of the restaurant.Text: © Ramón Molleda for desdeasturias.com
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