Although it's nothing at all like donning a mask and exploring the earth's vast underwater environments in person, there is something magical about visiting an aquarium - and Singapore just opened the world's largest. The S.E.A. Aquarium and Adventure Cove Waterpark at Singapore's Resorts World Sentosa features 100,000 marine mammals from 800 species, including more than two dozen captive Indo-Pacific bottlenose dolphins - which recently sparked a heated controversy.
Singapore’s new S.E.A. Aquarium and Adventure Cove Waterpark features a host of exhibits, including a large rainbow reef for snorkeling, a manta ray feeding station and the world’s largest viewing panel. 36 meters wide and 8.3 meters tall, this panel immerses visitors in a wonderland of marine biodiversity. Nonetheless, the Marine Life Park has come under fire for capturing 25 dolphins from the wild for use in their multibillion dollar facility.
“We hold the belief that zoological organizations have a role to play in wildlife conservation and that to avert species crises controlled wildlife collections can occur for quality zoological facilities to increase our understanding of the species and for breeding purposes,” park officials stated, according to News Track India.
Indo-Pacific bottlenose dolphins are listed as “data deficient” on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species since it is not yet certain how endangered they are. Since they typically thrive in shallow coastal areas, these dolphins are particularly prone to environmental degradation. Other species on display include hammerhead and other non-endangered shark species.
Via News Track India