OK, I have to admit, I am entranced by those new dolphins (I’ll blame it on the waning of the supermoon). But I am also fascinated by institutions that study these spectacular creatures and help preserve ocean habitats and undersea life in general. Here is more information on The Curaçao Sea Aquarium and Dolphin Academy (as a follow-up to our previous post Curaçao Sea Aquarium’s New Dolphins.)
Curaçao Sea Aquarium: In 1984 one of the treasures of Curaçao became accessible to the people, the underwater World. Curaçao Public Aquarium, built on the oceanfront at Bapor Kibra, has a healthy coral reef just a stone’s throw from the entrance and makes a great family outing. This beautiful aquarium complex is one of the most unique in the world because of its “open-water-system” – meaning that seawater is continuously pumped into the aquariums. The aquarium offers a combination of information, education and interaction. Throughout the day there are several tours and presentations where visitors can watch and touch the animals and learn more about them. For the true adventurer, the Curaçao Sea Aquarium has one far-out attraction: a deep sea submarine. The sub is rated down to 1000 feet, and tourists can visit the 450 feet deep Stella Mares wreck.
The Curacao Dolphin Academy is located at the Curaçao Sea Aquarium marine animal park. It is a natural facility, directly connected to the open sea. Every morning the dolphins join the trainers outside their lagoon, in the open ocean, and dive with them in the environment of one of the most beautiful coral reefs of Curaçao. Here the dolphins enjoy themselves by chasing fish and interacting with the divers and each other. The Dolphin Academy gives swimmers, snorkelers, and divers all the chance to interact with their dolphins in a very natural habitat.
For more information, see http://www.curacao-sea-aquarium.com/en/informatie.html and http://www.dolphin-academy.com/eng/aboutus_location.html