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Thursday, November 12, 2009

7 Over-the-Top Aquariums

Dive in to the life aquatic at these impressive tanks

By Olivia Putnal


Life underwater is pretty fascinating, which is why we land dwellers like to scope out unique marine environments and exotic creatures. But sometimes, it’s about more than just fish, so WD found the most innovative tanks and aquariums across the globe. From the largest underwater tunnel to a fish tank in a phone booth, check out seven impressive ways to see under the sea—without getting wet.

Telephone Booth Fish Tank

Believe it or not, this phone booth is real. Constructed for the 2007 Lyon Light Festival in France by artists Benoît Deseille and Benedetto Bufalino, the piece was intended to combine a phone booth and aquarium to create a unique way to house exotic fish. Photo courtesy of Benoit Deseille and Benedetto Bufalino.

Oita Marine Palace Feeding Tank

This incredibly innovative tank in Japan has strategically placed holes for feeding and petting the fish. Thanks to physics, the airtight tank reduces pressure, allowing the feeding cups to stay filled with water. Photo courtesy of Adam Yoshida.

Georgia Aquarium

Atlanta is home to the largest aquarium in the world—containing more than 61 miles of pipes and wires to assist with all of the tanks. There are plenty of innovative exhibits including the Ocean Voyager, which contains 1.8 million pounds of sea salt in order to replicate actual seawater. Photo courtesy of


Located at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Berlin, Germany, at 25 meters tall, the AquaDom is the largest cylinder-shaped aquarium in the world. Containing more than 1,500 fish as well as a glass elevator, it has become a popular attraction for non-hotel guests. Photo by Getty Images.

Two Oceans Aquarium

This Cape Town, South Africa, aquarium is known for raising environmental consciousness and promoting the aquatic diversity of the nearby Indian and Atlantic oceans. With over 3,000 creatures, the site amazes visitors with the variety of underwater life on display. Photo courtesy of S. Lennert.

Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium

Okinawa, Japan’s aquarium is home to many of the aquatic world’s bests and firsts, including the first-ever birth of a manta pup in captivity. With a dolphin lagoon, manatee house, ocean nursery and more, this public aquarium definitely deserves a spot on our list. Photo courtesy of Rosanna Leung via

Deep Sea World

Home to the United Kingdom’s longest underwater viewing tunnel, this Scottish aquarium also has coral reefs, an Amazon River exhibit and a seal sanctuary. And if you think you have what it takes to the swim with the sharks, this is your place! Photo courtesy of