Recently, a large Lion’s Mane jellyfish has been captured off the East Yorkshire coast. The jellyfish is said to weigh between 45 and 50 pounds, measuring 13 feet in length at its longest tentacle. The spectacular Lion’s Mane was given to The Deep Aquarium in Hull, East Yorkshire. The Deep Aquarium is said to be one of the world’s best aquariums and houses 3,500 fish. However, The Dallas World Aquarium in Dallas, Texas can give them a run for their money!
The Dallas World Aquarium (DWA)
The Dallas World Aquarium is located at 1801 N. Griffin Street Dallas, Texas 75202. According to their website “this facility is home to a unique display of flora and fauna from five continents, 14 countries, three oceans, numerous seas and rivers.” Admission for adults is $20.95, children, $12.95 (children under 2 are free), and seniors $16.95. While waiting in line to purchase tickets, you will be able to view exhibit animals. Bali Mynahs and Rhinoceros Hornbills are only a couple of the fabulous birds you will see here. The Dallas World Aquarium also hosts 3 restaurants: Eighteen-O-one, Jungle Café, and Café Maya. Two gift shops are also on site, with both educational and fun items.
Orinoco Rainforest: Canopy and Understory Exhibit Review
Your fun begins as you enter into the Orinoco Rainforest Exhibit. You will view many types of birds including different toucans, and manakins as well as an anteater, turtles, bats, and monkeys. This is an excellent avian exhibit. The birds have huge environments in which to fly, and their habitats are arranged to resemble the way they would live in the wild. The habitats are set up so that animals able to get along well with one another share living space. River fish including polka dot sting rays and piranhas swim in water at the bottom of some habitats. This interaction between different species made the experience even more interesting and unique.
Aquarium Exhibit Review
The Dallas World Aquarium is most popular for its aquarium exhibit. Large tanks are set up containing different types of fish, clams, and coral. You can view tanks based on Lord Howe Island, Sri Lanka, Japan, and more. There are wonderful photographs on this slide show. After touring individual tanks, you go underneath them to a giant, wall sized underwater view. The tank is underneath the habitats, so at this point you have seen the top of it. This tank is so deep and wide it appears endless. This is home to a large Antillean Manatee, giant turtles, sharks, and sting rays. Just when you think you are impressed, you can go through the Shark Tunnel. Here you can view Brown, Bonnethead, and Sawfish sharks along with Cownose and Eagle Rays.
Mundo Maya Exhibit Review
The Dallas World Aquarium Mundo Maya exhibit houses a Jaguar, Ocelot, and many Flamingos, as well as unique plants and trees including a Spiral Ginger and Kapok Tree. Many types of birds are contained in this exhibit including Scarlet Macaws and owls. There is a Bug Room where you can view snakes, poisonous frogs, and many reptiles. Touch screen computers are located near each animal to giving you the opportunity to learn even more.
This review rates The Dallas World Aquarium at 5 stars out of 5 for an outstanding experience, well thought out habitats for animals, conservatism, an the abundant amount of information available. For information, view their website or call at 214-720-2224.
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