The company Parques Reunidos has inaugurated today at the Xanadu intu Mall in the Madrid town of Arroyomolinos the 'Atlantis Aquarium', the first interactive aquarium in Europe, which will unite technology, education and the environment in "a new concept more accessible and close to the public".
It is the first aquarium that opens the company in an indoor complex, being also a "pioneer" in the adaptation to the community directive of single-use plastics in Spain, in order to raise public awareness of a real threat that is affecting seriously to marine biodiversity and the entire food chain.
The Minister of Commerce, Industry and Tourism, Reyes Maroto (PSOE), has been commissioned to inaugurate this new aquarium, which "integrates all the values" that the Government is currently promoting, he said, highlighting "its commitment to protection of the environment and the educational project behind it ".
"Through this project children can discover not only the seas and the oceans, but also their respect," added the minister, who highlighted the commitment of this new project with the community directive on plastics, as it is " an issue that concerns us and concerns us, also from the Ministry. "
Maroto has toured – together with the president of Parques Reunidos, Richar Golding, the general director of intu Spain, Alex Barbany, and the mayor of Arroyomolinos, Andrés Martínez (Cs) – the almost 6,000 square meters of 'Atlantis Aquarium', where they recreate 20 underwater ecosystems with more than 10,000 animals of 150 species.
With a capacity of more than 2.3 million liters of water, the aquarium offers the opportunity to learn about marine biodiversity through guided visits to schoolchildren and families, through games and challenges with cutting-edge technology, through education and learning.
The inauguration ceremony was marked by an exhibition held by the Diving Center of the Spanish Navy, which has immersed four divers inside the shark tank, who have shown attendees the garbage removal work they carry out. on the Spanish coasts.
The president of Parques Reunidos has underlined "the important privilege and responsibility of Parques Reunidos, through leisure, to be ambassadors of socially responsible messages that allow us to connect with nearly 20 million people who currently visit the more than 60 parks we have around the world".
In this line of public awareness, Atlantis Aquarium will also invite visitors to immerse themselves in a journey that begins when a meteorite hits Madrid with "a message of the future of a submerged civilization that warns of the consequences of climate change if no action is taken." righ now".
Each ecosystem, from the mangroves to the coral reefs through the abyssal funds and ending in Antarctica, will be complemented by interactive tests that will allow "to appreciate the strength of a wave, follow the advice for sustainable fishing or recycle plastics to avoid death of marine animals ".
"Immersive corridors, waves of garbage, recreations of abyssal fauna or interactive screens with sustainability challenges and conservation of the marine environment will be just some of the stops that Atlantis Aquarium proposes to schoolchildren, families and visitors," Golding added.
Parques Reunidos is one of the world leaders of operators of leisure parks, with a portfolio that includes "more than 60 developments (amusement parks, animal parks, aquatic parks, family entertainment centers and other attractions)" and is present in 14 countries in Europe, America and Oceania.
Of the ten European animal parks, six of them are in Spain and three in Madrid (Atlantis Aquarium, Zoo Aquarium in Madrid, Faunia).