At only fifteen minutes’ distance from our hotel is being finished the construction of one of the leisure spots that is called to be one of the tourist emblems of the city of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, the Aquarium Poema del Mar (Sea Poem in English). A project promoted by the Kiessling family, owner of the Loro Parque and Siam Park theme parks on the island of Tenerife. Also, they are planning another thematic water park in the south of Gran Canaria.
The name of aquarium is inspired by the works of the well-known artist of Gran Canaria Néstor Martín-Fernández de la Torre which has several of its pictorial and architecture spread throughout the island.
The opening of this large aquarium is planned for the middle of this year 2017, and will count of a total area of 12,519 square meters built and 7.5 million litters of salt and sweet water, and aims to be one of the most modern aquariums and with the objective of becoming a centre of conservation and sensitization reference in terms of aquatic life.
Another notable feature of this symbolic project is that it will feature the world’s largest curved glass to host 350 species of 35 different ecosystems divided into three exhibition areas: one of freshwater – the jungle – and two other saltwater areas – the reef and the ocean – which will make it a spectacular showcase of marine biodiversity.
In the area of sweet water will recreate the natural environment of a jungle and will be represented various rivers of the world and there will be large beaches, as well as an underwater tunnel to see the life of the river interior.
The reef zone, consists on a structure 10 meters in diameter and 6 meters high, will cause a “big impact” to visitors, who will be able to see, in addition to fish from that habitat, a turtle exhibition in which Loro Parque has worked together with the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria in the framework of a program for the conservation and reintroduction of these reptiles in the Canaries.
The “ocean” area will be eight meters deep and it will have a curved panel of 36 meters long and seven meters high with more than five million litres of water and will have a submerged methacrylate room to observe bull sharks, tunas or manta ray.
This is certainly a modern and ambitious project that is based on the commitment to innovation, biodiversity conservation and excellence in terms of tourism sustainability.
From the second half of this year, if you come to Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, it will be a visit you cannot miss. For more information visit www.poema-del-mar.com