This week it has been two years since Poema del Mar officially began its journey with a grand opening. Coinciding with the 47th anniversary of Loro Parque, the grand aquarium of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria celebrates two years of success in which thousands of visitors have been able to marvel at the spectacular biodiversity of the Blue Planet, in a journey that guides them through lakes, rivers and seas, until submerging in the depths of the ocean.
Recognized by the authorities of the Canary Islands as a project "of strategic interest to the region", with potential to strengthen the promotion of Gran Canaria and of the entire archipelago as one of the best tourist destinations at an international level, Poema del Mar has remained faithful to its commitment to innovation, biodiversity conservation and excellence in sustainable tourism.
Grey Sharks travel from Loro Parque to Poema del Mar
This year, Poema del Mar has received several gray sharks (Carcharhinus plumbeus) that arrived to the aquarium from Loro Parque and, after a period of quarantine, were moved to their new home at Deep Sea, an installation with the largest curved underwater window in the world. All belong to the second generation of this species born in the Zoo of Puerto de la Cruz thanks to the meticulous work of reproduction and breeding of the aquarium team.
‘Baby boom’ at Poema del Mar
In 2019 a baby boom has taken place in Poema del Mar, demonstrating the state of welfare in which all the animals are in its facilities. Thus, the aquarium has welcomed with great joy a baby African spurred turtle (Centrochelys sulcata), the first to be born in the aquarium; Madeira rays (Raja maderensis), and Kaiser's newts (Neurergus kaiseri), among other species.
A year of new entrants
In addition, the aquarium has added some new species to its exhibits, such as the male African bull frog (Pyxicephalus adspersus); two whitetip sharks from Loro Parque, which inhabit Deep Sea, and two zebra sharks also from the Tenerife zoo, named Famara and Miño, which can be seen in the Atoll.
Amazing ‘Deep Sea’
In its two-year history, it's all been words of wonder and admiration for Deep Sea, which has the world's largest curved underwater exhibition window, 36 meters wide and 7.35 meters high, as well as 39 centimeters thick. With a total tank depth of 8.5 meters and 5.5 million liters of water, Deep Sea allows you to observe, in a unique environment, the wonders of the deep oceans and about 3000 specimens of up to 40 different species that swim in its dark waters.
Commitment to conservation
Many of the species that Poema del Mar holds are on the Red List of Threatened Species of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and are under some degree of vulnerability or threat in their natural environment. Various dangers, often caused by human action - such as overfishing and pollution - put populations at risk, so the role of conservation centers of this kind is particularly relevant when it comes to raising awareness for the state of the animals and contributing to their protection and survival.
Educational work as a pillar
Since its inception, and in line with the philosophy of the Loro Parque Company, Poema del Mar has carried out educational activities to familiarize the schools of Gran Canaria, as well as families and different social groups, with the important work carried out by the different research centers throughout the archipelago, the same way as the aquarium operates through the Loro Parque Fundación in wildlife conservation. Thus, Poema del Mar seeks to become a benchmark in marine research in the islands.
Poema del Mar from yesterday, Wednesday October 16, is now exhibiting three Sandbar Sharks (Carcharhinus plumbeus) to its visitors. Irma, Andrea and Samil, as the sharks are called, arrived at the aquarium last May from Loro Parque and, after a period of quarantine, have been moved to their new home in Deep Sea, the largest curved display window installation in the world. All three belong to the second generation of this species born in the portuense zoo, thanks to the meticulous work of reproduction and breeding by the aquarium staff.
After this phase of adaptation and acclimatization, and after proving that they continued to respond perfectly to the training to which they had been accustomed from a very early age in Loro Parque, these three specimens are already now sharing the space with five other species of sharks that inhabit the waters of the ‘deepest ocean’ in Poema del Mar: four Sand Tiger Sharks, four Nurse Sharks, three School Sharks, two Oceanic White-Tip Sharks and a Bull Shark.
More additions to the aquarium are expected soon for this species, which can live up to 45 years and reproduces only once every two years. They are viviparous animals, so the young are born fully developed and each female can give birth to between seven and ten specimens.
Irma, Andrea and Samil, like the other Sandbar Sharks that inhabit Loro Parque, act as perfect ambassadors for their fellow beings in the wild and help draw attention to the protection problems facing marine species. The International Union for Conservation of Nature's Red List of Threatened Species includes 11 species of sharks, and it’s estimated that 100 million sharks die each year as a result of human consumption.
The Poema del Mar aquarium has recently received the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence, an award with which, the largest and most prestigious travel portal in the world values the high quality of its facilities based on the positive ratings of users.
"It’s very modern and offers several ecosystems in a very special way"; "a great option to discovering the marine species of the five continents, (...) not only for the exhibition, but also for teaching children and adults the importance of taking care of and preserving the environment", or "impressive, magnificent facilities with an enormous variety of marine fauna" are just some of the comments that the aquarium has been arousing from visitors.
In receiving this distinction, Poema del Mar consolidates its position as a project committed to innovation, biodiversity, conservation and excellence in sustainable tourism, reinforcing the promotion of Gran Canaria, and the entire archipelago, as one of the best tourist destinations on an international scale.
Recent incorporation to the Gran Canaria Blue Association
For some weeks now, Poema del Mar has been part of the association Gran Canaria Blue, an official brand of the island’s Tourist Board. This agreement expands and extends towards new horizons the range of possibilities of experiences linked to the sea that are offered through this platform, always under the same brand and with the common seal of certified quality of the associated companies.
The Iberian Association of Zoos and Aquariums: an important step
The aquarium has also recently announced its incorporation as a member of the Iberian Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AIZA), of which Loro Parque is also a member. This important step, which took place a little more than a year after its opening, has confirmed the high quality of its facilities, its work in education and protection and conservation of species.
Next Monday, December 17, will mark a year since Poema del Mar officially began its operations with a grand opening. Coinciding with the 46th anniversary of Loro Parque, the great aquarium of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria now celebrates a year of success in which tens of thousands of visitors have been able to marvel at the spectacular biodiversity of the Blue Planet, in a journey that guides them through lakes, rivers and seas, until submerging them in the deepest ocean.
Recognised by the authorities of the Canary Islands as a project "of strategic interest to the region", with the potential to strengthen the promotion of Gran Canaria, and the entire archipelago, as one of the best tourist destinations on an international scale, Poema del Mar has remained faithful to its commitment to innovation, biodiversity conservation and excellence in sustainable tourism.