- Title: Huge aquarium of Red Sea and Mediterranean creatures inaugurated in Jerusalem
- Date: 19th June 2017
- Summary: JERUSALEM (JUNE 19, 2017) (REUTERS) SCUBA DIVER SWIMMING IN TANK, MEDIA FILMING SCUBA DIVER SWIMMING IN TANK MEDIA FILMING HUGE WINDOW TO TANK FISH SWIMMING IN TANK MEDIA WALKING THROUGH NEWLY CONSTRUCTED AQUARIUM EXHIBIT AT BIBLICAL ZOO FISH IN AQUARIUM ROUND TANK PERCULA CLOWNFISH IN TANK (SOUNDBITE) (English) SHAI DORON, THE DIRECTOR OF THE BIBLICAL ZOO, SAYING: "Today we are opening the Israel aquarium Jerusalem, the first ever aquarium in Israel and mainly the first ever aquarium in the Middle East and it's a big occasion for us". FISH IN TANK (SOUNDBITE) (English) SHAI DORON, THE DIRECTOR OF THE BIBLICAL ZOO "I hope that with opening the aquarium we will promote the awareness, we will promote education with the young generation but not only with the young generation to do more to save the sea's inhabitants" VARIOUS OF FISH AQUARIUM STING RAY SWIMMING THROUGH TANK FISH SWARMING IN TANK ROUND FISH TANK VIEW OF FISH TANKS THROUGH ROUND WINDOWS SIGN READING 'THE GOTTESMAN FAMILY, ISRAEL AQUARIUM, JERUSALEM' VIEW OF NEWLY CONSTRUCTED AQUARIUM
- Embargoed: 3rd July 2017 13:37
- Keywords: Jerusalem zoo aquarium
- Location: JERUSALEM
- City: JERUSALEM
- Country: Israel
- Topics: Environment,Human Interest / Brights / Odd News
- Reuters ID: LVA0016LY22QH
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: Jerusalem's Biblical Zoo inaugurated the city's first aquarium, displaying hundreds of species of fish from the Mediterranean and the Red Sea.
After eight years of construction and a total investment of one hundred million shekels (about $284 million U.S Dollars), the 7,000 square-metres aquarium opened to the media on Monday (June 19) and was due to open to the public in a few weeks.
The aquarium, which has been built next to the zoo, includes 33 tanks containing many diverse species such as stingrays, clownfish, sea urchins and sharks.
One of the aims of the aquarium, other than making it a popular tourist attraction, will be to help raise public awareness for the preservation of marine habitats.
"I hope that with opening the aquarium we will promote the awareness, we will promote education with the young generation but not only with the young generation to do more to save the sea's inhabitants," said Shai Doron, the zoo's director.
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