Top Tanks: 11 Amazing Aquariums From Around the World

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Your neighborhood pet store aquarium is a great place to find your run of the mill goldfish or a colorful beta, but for kids who dream of sharks swimming over their heads, or reaching out to touch a stingray, it’s time to visit some seriously huge tanks. Spanning the globe from Monterey Bay to Istanbul, we’ve found some aquariums that showcase some of the ocean’s most graceful, powerful, and breathtaking marine creatures. Click through our slideshow to check out these top tanks from around the world.

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Monterey Bay Aquarium, Monterey, Ca
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Monterey Bay Aquarium, Monterey, Ca

With a pristine ocean-front location situated at the end of Cannery Row, the Monterey Bay Aquarium is designed to capture kids’ attentions and carry them through their over 200 exhibits, from their stingray petting tank to their plexiglass splash cove, where crashing ocean waves literally wash over the top of your head. The aquarium boasts tons of interactive kids activities that will have them crawling through tunnels, looking through microscopes, and exploring touch pools. Parents with kids in the under-9 set will love learning and playing in the Splash Zone.

Star Attraction: The 1.2 million gallon tank in the Outer Bay Wing, which features one of the world’s largest single-paned windows and houses a variety of marine life that lives right off the California coast, including huge (and funky looking) sun fish, tuna, and even sharks. The aquarium also pumps in fresh sea water from the ocean daily, providing the perfect environment for their three-story living kelp forest.

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  1. Monterey Bay Aquarium, Monterey, Ca
  2. Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium, Okinawa, Japan
  3. Shedd Aquarium, Chicago, IL
  4. Shanghai Ocean Aquarium, Shanghai, China
  5. Georgia Aquarium, Atlanta, Ga
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Is there an aquarium that didn’t make the list? Share your favorite fishy encounter in a comment below? 

–Scott Wardell

all photos courtesy of their respective aquariums & Wikimedia Commons