Monday, 17 December 2018 16:04

A year of Poema del Mar

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.


Poema del Mar 360º

Poema del Mar invites its visitors to discover three different zones: surface marine ecosystems; deep marine ecosystems and freshwater species. The tour begins with a dive into La Jungla, which reproduces different landscapes in a tribute to the five continents; then Arrecife invites visitors to stroll around an enormous cylinder that exhibits a great variety of corals and fishes; and finally, the route ends at Deep Sea, in the oceans’ depths.

Amazing ‘Deep Sea’

There has been nothing but words of wonder and admiration for the 'Deep Sea' exhibition, which has the world’s largest curved exhibition window, 36 metres wide, 7.35 metres high, and 39 centimetres thick. With a total tank depth of 8.5 metres and containing 5.5 million litres of water, 'Deep Sea' allows you to observe, in an unparalleled environment, the wonders of the oceans’ depths and the approximately 3,000 specimens of up to 40 different species that swim in its dark waters.

Commitment to conservation

Many of the species that Poema del Mar hosts are listed in the Red List of Threatened Species of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and are under some degree of vulnerability or threat in the natural environment. Various dangers, often caused by human action, such as over-fishing and pollution, put populations at risk, so the role of these types of conservation centres is particularly relevant when it comes to raising awareness of their status and contributing to their protection and survival.

Educational work as a cornerstone

Since its inception, and in line with the philosophy of the Loro Parque Company, Poema del Mar has carried out educational activities to show the schools of Gran Canaria, as well as families and different social groups, the important work carried out by the different research centres throughout the archipelago, including the aquarium through its conservation tool, the Loro Parque Foundation. Thus, Poema del Mar seeks to become a benchmark in marine information in the Islands.