Monday, August 11, 2008

Walter & Zusanne Scott Kingdoms of the Seas Aquarium

I cannot remember anymore the in order of places we visited in Omaha Henry Doorly Zoo but one of the great places is the Walter & Zusanne Scott Kingdoms of the Seas Aquarium. I very much enjoyed seing those sharks, sting ray and many different fishes because we had the opportunity of walking through the aquarium seeing above and in the side those lovely moving live big and small fishes.

The giant Aquarium was said that it cost $16 million and was opened on April of 1995. The size of it is 71,000 square foot and features realistic displays of aquatic habitats from polar regions, temperate oceans, coral reefs and the Amazon.

We had the chance of seing also the Penguins and Puffins below- and above-water in their real world. The Antarctic penguins can be seen through a 60-foot long, 25-foot high window extending both above and below water. The exhibit includes Antarctic rock, water and man-made snow, all kept at a temperature between 30 - 35 degrees Fahrenheit.

One highlight of the Scott Aquarium is an underwater stroll on the ocean floor. We went through in an oval shaped, 70-foot long, zig-zag acrylic tunnel that took us to caves, coral heads and canyons. We had the experience of being on the ocean floor with large sharks and rays swimming overhead and in the sides. It was a unique event for me so I took a lot of pictures.

A seven-foot high acrylic window is an additional exhibit that gives a close-up view of a giant Pacific octopus and cold water anemones. See colorful fish and invertebrates from above and below water at the Sulawesi black-sand beach. The Symbiotic exhibit shows visitors how symbiotic relationships between animals can help each animal survive.

There were other exhibits that I enjoyed watching much inside the aquarium like the fishes with natural defense systems, moray eels, weedy and leafy seadragons and a living coral reef...and more. You will love will appreciate will act in saving them.


Rose DesRochers said...

My hubby and son would have loved this.

Mitch said...

wow its nice...