In Singapore, the world's biggest aquarium which will house more than 100,000 marine animals of over 800 species in 45 million liters of water has opened.
The S.E.A. Aquarium and Adventure Cove Waterpark are two new attractions of the Marine Life Park at Singapore's Resorts World Sentosa.
AdvertisementThe aquarium would include manta rays, hammerhead sharks and controversial Indo-Pacific bottlenose dolphins.
Animal rights activists have long been lobbying for the resort management to release the 25 wild dolphins captured for the resort, CNN reports.
Park officials defended the wild dolphins' inclusion, saying: "We hold the belief that zoological organizations have a role to play in wildlife conservation and that to avert species crises, controlled wildlife collections can occur for quality zoological facilities to increase our understanding of the species and for breeding purposes."
The aquarium will have world's largest viewing panel, which is 36 meters wide and 8.3 meters high.
Adventure Cove Waterpark will feature Southeast Asia's first hydromagnetic coaster, Riptide Rocket, a slide that propels riders up and down inclines and around sharp curves. The other attractions include the Bluwater Bay wave pool and a 620-meter meandering river through scenes of tropical jungles, grottos and a surround aquarium.
Visitors can also snorkel with fish in the Rainbow Reef or sign up for ray-feeding. Interaction programs with sharks and dolphins will be introduced next year.
Marine Life Park is the last of 12 major launches planned for the 5.7 billion US dollars integrated resort since it opened in January of 2010, joining Universal Studios, a casino, the Maritime Experiential Museum and several luxury hotels and restaurants helmed by celebrity chefs.