Selwo Marina Benalmadena: Swimming with sea lions
Family fun and fun for kids on Costa del Sol: The sea aquarium Selwo Marina in Benalmadena
The Selwo Marina Aquarium in Benalmadena on Costa del Sol is the home to the only dolphinarium and penguinarium in the south of Spain. The Marine Park Selwo Marina in Benalmadena offers kids and families lots of fun and to discover and learn more about different marine scenes from seas and oceans all over world: From the warm Caribbean seas to the deep and cold waters in the Antarctic Ocean.
Selwo Marina in Benalmadena is unique to learn about underwater fauna and charismatic exotic birds. In 2009 the park Selwo marina on Costa del Sol will also offer new dolphin and sea lion exhibitions in the Dolphinarium. Selwo Marina also offers an updated bird show this year that will enable visitors to learn about the behaviour and natural flights of different exotic species such as toucans, cockatoos, macaws, African gray parrots, etc.
Las Antillas, the Selwo Marina dolphinarium, is the only facility of this type in Andalusia, and allows visitors to study the life and behaviour of bottlenose dolphins and Patagonian sea lions. The large Selwo Marina dolphinarium complex is made up of five pools, and spacious bleachers for watching these sea mammal exhibitions in comfort. The exhibitions pool, the largest of them all, is a spectacular circular salt water tank with transparent front panels that allow closeup underwater observation of the intelligent bottlenose dolphins, natives of the warm Caribbean waters.
The starring role in “Amazonia” is the most legendary and charismatic of South American jungles, a habitat that is well represented with specimens of flora and fauna from the mighty River Amazon. A total of more than 800 animals, from nearly fifty different species, and forty plant species make up this habitat that transports us to the greatest of all tropical jungles, home to half the animal and plant species on the planet. This season this habitat includes the “Hormiguero de Amazonía” (Amazon Ant Den), an installation that is especially designed to show how leaf-cutting and pruning ants (Atta and Acromyrmex, other species that are native to this vast tropical jungle) live and behave both above and below the surface of the earth.
“Isla de Hielo” (Ice Island) boasts the first penguinarium in Andalusia, a frigid landscape populated by king, gentoo, Magellanic and rockhopper penguins. This is the most complete and representative penguin collection in any European zoo. The penguinarium facility has seen especially significant births, such as the first hatches of king and gentoo penguins on the Iberian Peninsula. This was a resounding success of the ESB (European Stud Book) programme that handles demographic information on these species.
The penguinarium faithfully recreates the natural habitat of these rare birds with temperatures that never rise above zero degrees centigrade in order to achieve environmental conditions similar to the frozen shores of the southernmost lands on the planet. This frigid home consists of a rocky peninsula covered by natural snow and encircled by a large pool of salt water. The facility is completely glassed in so that visitors can see from every angle how the penguins live, behave and move about, both in and out of the water.