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National Aquarium Denmark
Denmark’s Aquarium (Danish: Danmarks Akvarium) is an aquarium in Denmark. The original aquarium was located in Charlottenlund, but this facility closed in 2012. A new aquarium called The Blue Planet (Danish: Den Blå Planet) opened in March 2013 in Kastrup, a suburb of Copenhagen. Much of the stock from the old aquarium was relocated to this new facility.
The main purpose of the aquarium is to disseminate marine information, help science projects, and help improve educational institutions.
The Blue Planet opened in 2013 in Kastrup, a suburb of Copenhagen. It resembles a whirlpool when seen from above. It often is, being close to the Copenhagen Airport. It was designed by Danish architects 3XN. To reduce energy consumption the building is equipped with cooling units using seawater from Øresund and double glazing. It covers a total of 12,000 m2 (130,000 sq ft), including the 10,000 m2 (110,000 sq ft) building and 2,000 m2 (22,000 sq ft) outdoors (excluding parking spaces).
In the first year of existence, the aquarium received approximately 1.3 million visitors – twice as many as expected. As a consequence of this extra wear, as well as a wish of improving public education, 12.5 million DKK (approx. 2.3 million US$; 1.7 million €) will be used for changes and renovations of the aquarium.
The Blue Planet contains about 7,000,000 litres (1,500,000 imp gal; 1,800,000 US gal) of water divided into 53 exhibits. There are five main sections:
The Amazon section is home to arowanas, pacus, freshwater stingrays, large catfish, anacondas, pale-mandibled aracaris and more. This section also has an aquarium with a big school–about 3,000–of piranhas. Near the Amazon is the smaller grotto section, with aquaria for cave tetra, various electric fish (electric eel and elephantfish) and other fish found in dark freshwater habitats.
Hammerhead shark and shark tunnel in the Ocean Tank
The African Great Lakes
Exhibits for Lake Malawi, Lake Tanganyika and Lake Victoria. Primarily aimed at cichlids, but also home to other fish such as Nile perch (highly predatory and therefore separated from the Victoria cichlids by acrylic glass), and the section above the aquaria are home to dwarf crocodiles, village weaver birds, and other small animals.
Evolution and adaption
Aimed at fish evolution and adaption, and contains a mangrove aquarium with four-eyed fish, archerfish, mudskippers and alike, as well as aquaria for Apalachicola snapping turtle and primitive fish such as bichir, gar and lungfish. This includes the oldest fish in the aquarium, an Australian lungfish that arrived at Denmark’s Aquarium in Charlottenlund in 1967 when already a young adult (its full age is unknown).
Primarily home to native Danish species from fresh- and saltwater. Among others, it includes a touch pool, and a large North Atlantic aquarium with a 15 m (49 ft) tall seabird cliff, which is home to cod, wolffish, halibut, puffin and other species.Non-native species in or near the Cold Water section are giant spider crab, giant Pacific octopus, sea anemones and more.[This section also housed California sea lions for a period (their previous home, Bergen Aquarium in Norway was being renovated). In early 2014 they were moved to a permanent home at La Palmyre Zoo, France.Following modifications, a pair of sea otters moved into the former sea lion exhibit in October 2014, making the aquarium one of only two places where this species can be seen Europe (the other is Lisbon Oceanarium, Portugal).
The Warm Ocean
This section contains the largest aquarium in Blue Planet, the 4,000,000-litre (880,000 imp gal; 1,100,000 US gal) Ocean tank. It is home to sharks (zebra shark, blacktip reef shark, wobbegongs and young scalloped hammerheads), stingrays, eagle rays, guitarfish, ocean sunfish, moray eels, golden trevallies, groupers and more that can be seen through the 16 by 8 m (52 by 26 ft) main window, which is 45 cm (18 in) thick. There is also a 16 m (52 ft) long shark tunnel. Opposite the Ocean Tank is the 16 m (52 ft) long Coral Reef with living corals and reef fish.There are also various smaller aquaria with species such as shrimpfish, leafy and weedy seadragons, seahorses, a Mediterranean aquarium,and the highly venomous stonefish, lionfish and olive sea snake.