Marineland of Antibes

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Marineland of Antibes
Vue globale bassins Marineland.jpg
Global view of the killer whales tanks
Type Amusement park, dolphinarium, public aquarium, marine zoo
Location Antibes, France
Area 26 ha
Created 1970
Operated by Parques Reunidos
Status Closed until march 21th due to storm damage.

The Marineland of Antibes is a theme park founded in 1970 by Roland de La Poype in Antibes (Alpes-Maritimes), in the French Riviera. On 26 hectares it includes a marine zoological park with dolphinarium, a water park (Aquasplash), a children's play park (Kid's Island), a mini golf (Aventure Golf) and a three-star hotel (Marineland Resort). It is the property of the Spanish multinational company Parques Reunidos, whose majority shareholder is the British investment fund Arle Capital Partners. The actual director is Arnaud Palu.

It is one of the four French dolphinariums and one of the two European dolphinariums presenting orcas. With 1.2 million visitors in 2014, it's the most visited site of the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region. The zoological park is one of the most visited in France.

Since the 2010s, it is more and more criticised by the opponents to cetacean captivity, which claims that dolphinariums can't assure captivity conditions that fits to the proper needs of those species, leading to a prematurate mortality of individuals.

History[edit]

On July 25, 2006, the park was sold to the Spanish amusement park group Parques Reunidos for about 75 million Euros[1]

Animal exhibits[edit]

The Shark Tunnel
California sea lion of the park
The area of the polar bears
Killer whale show

The largest killer whale pool complex in the world performing in 11,000,000 US gallons (42,000 m3) of water, with a panoramic glass wall 64 metres (210 ft) long. Marineland holds four orcas: Inouk, Wikie, Moana and Keijo.

Dolphin show

Marineland is currently housing (Apr 2017) a total of 13 bottlenose dolphins. The name of the dolphins are: Ecume (F), Lotty (F), Sharky (F), Malou (F), Éclair (M), Alize (M), Rocky (M), Dam (M), Neo (M), Mila-Tami (F), Nala (F), Ania (F), and Joseph (M).

Les Coulisses de l'apprentissage (sea lion show)

A live demonstration of the learning techniques used with all the mammals in the park, in which the seal and sea lion trainers disclose some of the "ropes" for preparing the show, the better to understand the basis of the relationship between humans and animals.

The shark tunnel

In a 30-metre (98 ft) tunnel through an aquarium containing nearly 2,000,000 litres (530,000 US gal) of water, visitors are surrounded by sharks and manta rays.

Polar bears

Marineland is one of few places in Europe where one can see polar bears. As of 2015, there are 3 of them: one male (Rasputin), one female (Flocke), and their cub (Hope).

Life under the sea (The tropical aquarium gallery and The touch pool)

The tropical aquarium gallery shows the world of coral reefs, and the touch pool is a chance to touch skates and rays - fish that seem to "fly" in the water.

Pinnipeds

Beaches featuring California sea lions, South American sea lions, black seals and grey seals.

Aquatic birds

Beaches featuring penguins, pelicans and flamingos.

Meeting with dolphins

Each session lasts approximately 1 hour, to discover the biology and ecology of dolphins, before approaching the dolphins for 20 minutes under close supervision by trainers on a sunken deck.

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Coordinates: 43°36′54″N 7°07′30″E / 43.6150°N 7.1250°E / 43.6150; 7.1250