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Type of protected area - Where it is located
Privately managed aquarium
Region: Sardinia (Alghero)
The aquarium (Mare Nostrum Aquarium), inaugurated in 1985, is one of the two aquariums in Sardinia (the other, more recent, is located in Cala Gonone). It is located in the city center, a few meters from the Sulis tower. Inside there is a permanent display of both marine and freshwater fish.
Alghero Aquarium - Stone fish
The exhibition is divided into various sections: the large central tank hosts sharks of different species, from colorful leopard sharks to placid nurse sharks to the feared blacktip sharks; about fifteen tanks are dedicated to both coastal and deep-sea Mediterranean species (lobsters, lobsters, groupers, snappers, mullet, sea bream, sea bass, etc.); in other thirty tanks there is a large variety of fish and invertebrates, from colorful exotic fish to the most dangerous freshwater fish such as piranhas. One of the most admired tanks is that of poisonous fish with beautiful scorpion fish and stone fish, whose sting causes death in less than five minutes. The aquarium is also a rescue center for the numerous sea turtles (Caretta caretta) that every year they are injured by the long lines (long lines, with even two hundred hooks, used for fishing both white fish and bottom fish).
Aquarium of Alghero
Information for the visit
Among the various species of marine and freshwater fauna, it houses some specimens of stone fish, which in Italy can only be admired in this aquarium. The highlight is represented by a large sea turtle, housed in one of the most capacious tanks. It weighs over 100 kg.
via XX Settembre 1
Tel .: 079 978333