30 October 2012

Namibia: The National Marine Aquarium in Swakopmund reopened!

The National Marine Aquarium in Swakopmund (Namibia), which was closed for renovation since June 2010, has finally reopened its doors to the public on 19 Oct 2012. The renovations cost the Namibian Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources about N$14 million.
The renovated National Marine Aquarium is showcasing Namibia's marine environment. The highlight of the rather small aquarium is a 320,000 liter tank with a glass tunnel beneath it. During the renovtion work, the former rockery inside the tank got replaced with cleaner water and less rockery to provide a better view for visitors, while also increasing swimming space for the fish. The old "petting tidal pool" also got revamped and now gives visitors a chance to touch and even feed certain species of marine creature such as sting rays.
A new feature of the Aquarium is the digital rock pool on the floor close to the entrance of the aquarium. If you step into the digital pool it creates a ripple effect and the fish featured in the image swim away. 
The National Marine Aquarium is open daily, except for mondays, from 10:00 - 16:00. Feeding of fishes takes place on tuesdays, saturdays and sundays at 15:00.

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