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Beautiful and delightfully dreadful things swim in the Aquarium

In the Aquarium, you can choose your own favourite from over 200 species of fish and aquatic animals that come from seas and lakes all around the world. In addition, you can make acquaintance with the finned creatures of Finnish waters.

What does a motoro stingray look like? What do piranhas eat? Information plaques of the Aquarium provide useful information on each species and on the habitat of aquatic animals.
The selection of species in the Aquarium changes every year. Aquarium sceneries are also renewed annually, but the main thing with these changes is that the inhabitants of the Aquarium can swim in environments that resemble their natural habitat as much as possible.

Experience a thunderstorm in the Aquarium

On the lower floor of the Aquarium there is a paludarium with a mangrove zone. A thunderstorm performance takes place in the tank every 30 minutes. Lights at the lower floor are darkened momentarily during performances. The tropical paludarium is home to monos, argus fish, archer fish, gourami fish, rainbow sharks and blowfish.

Facts about Aquarium

Completed in 1969
Located in the Näsinneula building
Two floors (access to the lower floor only by stairs, no lift or ramp)
More than 200 species of fish and aquatic animals
A total of over 3,000 individual animals
The combined volume of pools in the Aquarium is roughly 550,000 litres
Open throughout the year

Newcomers to the Aquarium

Something is crawling around in the Aquarium

Two new terrariums have been built on the ground floor of the Aquarium, with exciting new inhabitants. Spot the python! The beautiful-coloured royal python likes to climb on tree branches.
Have you met the extraordinary chameleon? Can it really change colours? How long is the tongue of a chameleon? The veiled chameleon has toes for climbing and a prehensile tail, as well as eyes that can move in separate directions

Royal python

In the wild, the beautifully-coloured royal python lives in the central and western parts of Africa. Savannahs and grasslands are its preferred habitats. The royal python is reminiscent of large constrictor snakes. It has got a strong body and a short tail. Royal pythons usually grow to 100-120 cm in length. They weigh between 1-3 kg, the females are heavier.

The royal python is a non-venomous snake that kills its prey by strangling. In the wild, its food sources include small rodents, such as the common African rats, shrews and mice. Royal pythons are active at night, and start hunting after sunset. The snake’s good sense of smell and heat detectors situated in its upper jaw are essential for finding prey.

Royal pythons are also referred to as ball pythons. This name stems from the python’s tendency to curl up into a ball when stressed or frightened. When in danger, the royal python will stick its head inside the ball to hide. Royal pythons have a calm nature and are slow movers. Despite their chubby appearance, they are excellent climbers.

Veiled chameleon 

Chameleons are known for their ability to change colour. Veiled chameleons are mainly green. Contrary to the popular belief, chameleons do not change their colour not so much depending on their background, but depending on their mood and temperature, instead. The veiled chameleon has eyes that can move in separate directions, and it can focus its eyes on various individual objects.
Veiled chameleons come from Yemen and the southern parts of Saudi Arabia. They enjoy humid mountain slopes and the coast. However, they are sometimes spotted in fruit plantations as well. Veiled chameleons have toes suitable for climbing, and a prehensile tail. Mostly, they climb on tree branches, and seldom move on the ground.

Chameleons eat insects, such as crickets, cockroaches, butterflies and grubs. Adult chameleons also eat plants. Chameleons can skilfully catch an insect with their sticky tongues, which they flick out of their mouth lightning fast. The tongue of the chameleon can be longer than the lizard itself.

Life in the saltwater pools

Two saltwater pools on the ground floor of the Aquarium have welcomed new inhabitants. In pool 18 you can see a sea urchin, a sea hare and colourful fish.
Pool 20 is a coral pool. Corals get nutrition from photosynthesis by the algae living inside it symbiotically. You can see various kinds of life forms in the rock cracks and crevices. Is the red hawkfish peeking from its hideout? Are the claws of a hermit crab peeping from somewhere?