Atlantic Sea-Park

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Atlantic Sea-Park
Atlanterhavsparken-AlseundAquarium P1080388.JPG
View from the sea
Date opened 1951[1]
Location Ålesund, Norway
Coordinates 62°27′56″N 6°5′45″E / 62.46556°N 6.09583°E / 62.46556; 6.09583Coordinates: 62°27′56″N 6°5′45″E / 62.46556°N 6.09583°E / 62.46556; 6.09583
Volume of largest tank 15,000,000 litres (4,000,000 US gal)[2]
Website www.atlanterhavsparken.no/english.php

The Atlantic Sea-Park (Norwegian: Atlanterhavsparken) is an aquarium in Ålesund, Norway. It was founded in 1951 as a limited company. The current facility was officially opened 15 June 1998.

The Atlantic Sea-Park is one of Scandinavia's largest saltwater aquariums and one of the leading tourist attractions in the area.[3]

History[edit]

Founded in 1951 as a limited company, the Aquarium moved in 1967 into more permanent premises in the basement of the "Fishermen House" near Brosundet. In 1976 the aquarium was turned into a foundation, and planning was started for a new facility. The current facility was finally opened on 15 June 1998 during the 150th anniversary of the city of Ålesund.[4]

Facility[edit]

Atlanterhavsparken.JPG

The facility is built into the coastline of Tueneset, about 3.5 kilometres (2.2 mi) west of Ålesund, and offers nearly 4,000 square metres (43,000 sq ft) of public and exhibition space, plus 6,000 square metres (65,000 sq ft) of outdoor space.[4] The aquarium is located in scenic recreational area that includes a view of the coastal islands and the ocean, as well as hiking trails, fishing, and beaches for swimming and diving.[5]

The exhibition area includes 11 larger landscape aquariums, including 2 open touch pools and 2 activity pools, plus several smaller aquariums. Together the aquariums provide a representative view of life under water along the Norwegian coast and in the northern Atlantic ocean.[4] Daily dive shows in the 4,000,000-litre (1,100,000 US gal) Great Atlantic tank let visitors watch the fish being fed.[6][7] Some of the species in this tank are cod, halibut, conger and salmon.[7] On weekends, visitors can help feed the fish in the open pools.[8] In 2014, the 15,000,000-litre (4,000,000 US gal) "Selbukta" opened, which is one of the largest seal exhibits in the world.[2] This outside exhibit houses harbor seals.[2]

The exhibition area showcases marine life from all coasts of the Atlantic Ocean, particularly in the waters surrounding Norway. Species from various ocean depths are on display, including marine life from deep water habitats. In order to withstand the pressure in the deep water tanks, the panels needed to be cast 10 inches (25 cm) thick. The nearly seamless bonds required for this mean that visitors to the park get a nearly unimpeded view of the underwater world beyond.

The Aquarium includes a Cafe and gift shop.[8]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "Atlanterhavsparken". atlanterhavsparken.no. Atlanterhavsparken. Retrieved 12 May 2010. 
  2. ^ a b c Atlanterhavsparken: Europas største selanlegg!. Retrieved 12 February 2015.
  3. ^ "VLDB 2005's Unofficial Guide to Norway". vldb.idi.ntnu.no. VLDB. Retrieved 12 May 2010. 
  4. ^ a b c "Om Oss". atlanterhavsparken.no (in Norwegian). Atlanterhavsparken. Archived from the original on 16 August 2010. Retrieved 12 May 2010. 
  5. ^ "Atlanterhavsparken". atlanterhavsparken.no (in Norwegian). Atlanterhavsparken. Retrieved 12 May 2010. 
  6. ^ "Utstillinger og aktiviteter". atlanterhavsparken.no (in Norwegian). Atlanterhavsparken. Retrieved 12 May 2010. 
  7. ^ a b Atlanterhavsparken: Mating av fisker og dyr Retrieved 12 February 2015.
  8. ^ a b "Atlantic Park, Ålesund". norwayguide.no. Norway Guide. Archived from the original on 21 August 2006. Retrieved 12 May 2010. 

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