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Opened in July 2011, Istanbul Akvaryum is a massive two-storey 22,000 square meter building with more than 64 exhibitions, making it one of the biggest of its kind.
Housing more than 1,500 species of marine life, the Istanbul Akvaryum takes you into a simulated aquatic tour that starts at the Black Sea and finishes in the Amazon River going through the Marmara, Aegean, and Mediterranean Seas, and Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. Interactive computers and information panels in both Turkish and English guide you through, teaching you about the importance of the oceans and the dangers it suffers by pollution, overfishing, and climate change.
The highlight of the exhibition is a huge greenhouse that recreates the environment of the Amazon tropical rainforest. Piranhas, caimans, deadly poisonous frogs, and yellow anacondas are all housed in the humid conditions of a tropical forest.