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The Aquarium of Rhodes, Dodecanese: The Aquarium of Rhodes is housed in the building of the Hydrobiological Station, within the limits of Rhodes city. The building was constructed in 1934-36, during the Italian occupation, to house the Institute of Biological Research. After the liberation of the Dodecanese islands, it was named as the Greek Hydrobiological Institute and also included an aquarium and a museum.
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The main objective of the Aquarium is to present and preserve the species of the Mediterranean Sea. It constitutes a circular area with 13 big tanks and 15 small ones. Fish and organisms from the Mediterranean are selected and displayed there in public view. The tanks are made of cement and their bottoms are covered with sand, shingles, and corals. The water in the tanks is mainly filtered sea water.
These tanks host different kinds of sea species, such as sea turtles, dolphins, sharks, seals, mollusks, echinoderms, crabs and many kinds of fish. Apart from these tanks, there is also a big underground area that serves for stocking new species or sea animals that need special treatment and protection. This place is frequently used to hospitalize sea turtles and seals from the nearby waters.
The museum displays embalmed sea species, like dolphins, sea turtles, and sharks that are certainly worth to visit. The Hydrobiological Station of Rhodes runs today a lot of research on the oceanography of the Dodecanese islands and works as a model research unit in the Mediterranean area.
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