Miami Seaquarium


Miami Seaquarium

      marine park, on Virginia Key, in Miami, Florida, U.S., that has one of the world's largest collections of marine animals, composed of some 10,000 specimens. Opened in 1955, the 38-acre (15-hectare) park provides marine life exhibits and several daily animal shows. It is known for its shows featuring killer whales, dolphins, and sea lions. Manatee and shark exhibits include presentations on the animals. The park has a 750,000-gallon (2,840,000-litre) main aquarium tank filled with reef fishes, sea turtles, and eels; 26 smaller aquarium tanks showcase other marine life. There are also exhibits on rainforest and mangrove habitats.

      Miami Seaquarium provides conservation, research, and educational programs. Rescue and rehabilitation efforts help whales, dolphins, sea turtles, and especially manatees that have been injured in the wild. A feature of the park allows visitors to interact individually with dolphins in the water.

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