World’s first mobile underwater tunnel aquarium to woo crowds in Thrissur
The underwater sights have always attracted people. A mobile underwater tunnel aquarium, first of its kind in the world, has arrived at Thrissur which is gearing up to mesmerize crowds.
The project ‘Oceanos Underwater Expo’ is built and developed by Neil Entertainment. Ernakulam native K K Nimil and wife Archa are the brains behind the mobile exhibition. More than six years’ effort have been put in to setup the aquarium.
Ten thousand water animals and plants of 300 varied species from across 18 countries, will give the visitors a panoramic view of marine life.
The enormous underwater aquarium is built with thick GI stainless steel and acrylic glass. For safety it is fully UV coated. The speciality of this glass is that if broken, instead of breaking into pieces, it will turn like spider net. This ensures better safety.
The 200 feet long tunnel can store 2 lakh litre of water. It is difficult to house the fishes in sea water for long. Hence water treated as per Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute, is used.
The main attraction at the exhibition is Arapaima, the largest scaled freshwater fish in the world. One of the rare fish species, Arapaima can breathe air from the atmosphere. It is also known to be a vicious predator. Small Arapaima costs from Rs 2 lakh. It can grow upto 7 feet long. The menu of Arapaima includes 3 kilo of sardines or a full chicken per day.
Another attraction among freshwater fishes is the red catfish. It cries like kids at night. The big catfish’s color also creates curiosity.
Alligator fishes are similar to alligators in appearance. These are mainly seen in north America.
Piranhas are the most dangerous fish in the world. The tunnel houses Piranhas that can be kept in India as per laws.
More than 100 species of sea fishes including angel fishes, small sharks, jelly fishes, stingray, blue dam shellfish, octopus and more than 80 species of freshwater fishes that are brought from Indonesia, Maldives, Australia and other countries are exhibited.
When not in exhibition, these fishes are housed at specially designed tanks and pond installed at a farm in Ernakulam. They are taken to the aquarium in specially designed vehicles.
Even though small fishes are given special foods, most of them are given fishes itself to eat. Prawns are their favourite food.
These fishes are first introduced into separate tanks to tame and then introduced into the common tank. According to Archa, these fishes are like nursery students.
Oceanos is organized at the Shakthan ground from June 21 to July 10. The timing of the exhibition is from 2 pm to 9.30 pm except on holidays when it is from 11 am to 9.30 pm. The entry fee for an adult is Rs 120 and for children it is Rs 60.
Also a mermaid statue made in sand and an underwater Neil palace are arranged for the visitors.