Shark tunnel

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Shark Tunnel at the Georgia Aquarium

A shark tunnel (or aquarium tunnel or acrylic tunnel or exhibit tunnel) is an underwater tunnel that passes through an aquarium, typically with sharks and related aquatic life. They are usually made of thick acrylic glass.

Most aquarium tunnels are cylindrical in shape, though tunnels can be made elliptical (to make them wider and still keep the top of the tunnel closer to the visitors), or even square.[1]

List of aquariums with shark tunnels[edit]

This list is sorted alphabetically by aquarium name.

Aquarium name Location Length of tunnel Depth of tunnel floor in aquarium Tank size
Adventure Aquarium Camden, New Jersey, United States 40 ft (12 m) 9 ft (2.7 m) 550,000 US gal (2,100,000 l)
Antalya Aquarium[2] Antalya, Turkey 430 ft (131 m)  ? 1,300,000 US gal (5,000,000 l)
Aquaria KLCC[3] Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 300 ft (90 m)  ?  ?
Aquarium Barcelona[4] Barcelona, Spain 260 ft (80 m) 16 ft (5 m) 980,000 US gal (3,700,000 l)
Aquarium of the Bay[5] San Francisco, California, United States 300 ft (91 m)  ? 700,000 US gal (2,600,000 l)
California Academy of Sciences
(rainforest exhibit)[6]
San Francisco, California, United States 25 ft (7.6 m)  ? 100,000 US gal (380,000 l)
Dallas World Aquarium Dallas, Texas, United States  ?  ?  ?
Deep Sea World North Queensferry, Fife, Scotland 367 ft (112 m)  ? 1,000,000 imp gal (4,500,000 l; 1,200,000 US gal)
Downtown Aquarium, Denver Denver, Colorado, United States  ?  ?  ?
Downtown Aquarium, Houston Houston, Texas, United States  ?  ?  ?
Dubai Mall Aquarium - Underwater Zoo[7] Dubai, United Arab Emirates 167 ft (51 m)  ? 2,600,000 US gal (10,000,000 l)
Georgia Aquarium Atlanta, Georgia, United States 100 ft (30 m) 20–30 ft (6.1–9.1 m) 6,300,000 US gal (24,000,000 l)
Greater Cleveland Aquarium[8] Cleveland, Ohio, United States 175 ft (53 m) 9 ft (2.7 m) 230,000 US gal (870,000 l)
Henry Doorly Zoo Omaha, Nebraska, United States 70 ft (21 m) 17 ft (5.2 m) 900,000 US gal (3,400,000 l)
Kelly Tarlton's Sea Life Aquarium Auckland, New Zealand 72 ft (22 m) 8 ft (2.4 m) 400,000 US gal (1,500,000 l)
National Aquarium Denmark[9] Kastrup, Copenhagen, Denmark 52 ft (16 m)  ? 1,100,000 US gal (4,000,000 l)
National Museum of Marine Biology and Aquarium[10] Checheng Township, Pingtung County, Taiwan 260 ft (80 m)  ? 1,500,000 US gal (5,700,000 l)
Newport Aquarium Newport, Kentucky, United States 85 ft (26 m) 13 ft (4.0 m) † 380,000 US gal (1,400,000 l)
Ocean Park Hong Kong, China  ?  ?  ?
Oklahoma Aquarium Jenks, Oklahoma, United States 90 ft (27 m) 12–14 ft (3.7–4.3 m) 500,000 US gal (1,900,000 l)
Oregon Coast Aquarium Newport, Oregon, United States  ?  ?  ?
Parc Aquarium du Quebec Quebec, Canada  ?  ? 92,000 US gal (350,000 l)
Ripley's Aquarium Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, United States 330 ft (100 m)  ? 750,000 US gal (2,800,000 l)
SeaWorld Orlando Orlando, Florida, United States 60 ft (18 m)  ?  ?
SEA LIFE Minnesota Aquarium Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States 300 ft (91 m)  ?  ?
SeaWorld San Diego[11] San Diego, California, United States 57 ft (17 m)  ? 280,000 US gal (1,100,000 l)
Shanghai Ocean Aquarium[12] Shanghai, China 390 ft (120 m)  ? 580,000 US gal (2,200,000 l)
Shark Reef at Mandalay Bay Las Vegas, Nevada, United States  ?  ?  ?
Sydney Aquarium Sydney, Australia  ?  ? 530,000 US gal (2,000,000 l)
Turkuazoo[13] Istanbul, Turkey 262 ft (80 m)  ?  ?
Underwater World[14] Langkawi, Malaysia 49 ft (15 m)  ? 130,000 US gal (500,000 l)
Underwater World[15] Mooloolaba, Queensland  ?  ?  ?
Underwater World[16] Sentosa, Singapore 272 ft (83 m)  ?  ?
Vinpearl Underwater World[17] Nha Trang, Vietnam  ?  ?  ?
Wrocław Zoo Wrocław, Poland 59 ft (18 m)  ?  ?

† — Estimated based on top of tunnel being 4 ft (1.2 m) under the surface and 9 ft (2.7 m) to bottom of tunnel.

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "Shapes for Aquarium Tunnels". hydrosight.com/. Hydrosight. Retrieved 27 January 2011. 
  2. ^ "Antalya Aquarium". turantalya.com. TurAntalya. 2014. Retrieved 3 September 2014. 
  3. ^ Aquaria KLCC ... Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
  4. ^ "The Oceanarium". aquariumbcn.com. Retrieved 19 October 2014. 
  5. ^ "About Aquarium of the Bay". aquariumofthebay.org. Aquarium of the Bay. Retrieved 27 January 2011. 
  6. ^ Tavares, I. (Sep 2009). "San Francisco's all-new Steinhart Aquarium" (PDF). calacademy.org. Tropical Fish Hobbyist. Retrieved 12 January 2014. 
  7. ^ "Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo | The Dubai Mall". www.thedubaiaquarium.com. Retrieved 2016-09-20. 
  8. ^ agency, thunder::tech :: an integrated marketing. "Greater Cleveland Aquarium". greaterclevelandaquarium.com. Retrieved 2016-09-20. 
  9. ^ "Oceanet". denblaaplanet.dk. Blå Planet. 2013. Retrieved 24 April 2014. 
  10. ^ "National Museum of Marine Biology & Aquarium". internations.org. InterNations–Connecting Global Minds. 2015. Retrieved 11 February 2015. 
  11. ^ "Shark Encounter". seaworld.com. Busch Entertainment Corporation. Retrieved 28 November 2009. 
  12. ^ "Shanghai Ocean Aquarium". advanced-aquariums.com. Advanced Aquarium Technologies. Retrieved 17 March 2012. 
  13. ^ "About the Aquarium". turkuazoo.com. Turkazoo Istanbul. 2009. Retrieved 27 January 2011. 
  14. ^ UKM To Undertake Scientific Research At Underwater World Langkawi
  15. ^ "Underwater World SEA LIFE Aquarium | Official Site | Mooloolaba, Sunshine Coast, QLD". www.underwaterworld.com.au. Retrieved 2016-09-20. 
  16. ^ Welcome To Underwaterworld Singapore
  17. ^ "Vinpearl Underwater World". vinpearlland.com. Turkazoo Istanbul. 2009. Retrieved 27 January 2011.