A journey of discovery

Beyond the seas and oceans of the world.
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Mediterranean

Dive

The Mediterranean Sea is a closed sea with very little water renewal; this factor has forced its different species to evolve so that they can adapt to conditions that are more difficult than those of the open sea.

The Mediterranean represents 0.8% of the world's oceanic surface but contains 7% of all catalogued marine species, 25% - 30% of which are not found anywhere else in the world. In other words, they are endemic.

In this part of the visit, discover with Palma Aquarium the species closest to you.

Understand to protect

The rich beauty of the Mediterranean Sea transports you to the ancient "Mare Nostrum", discovering a lesser known Mallorca beneath its calm waters.

Get to know some of the most peculiar species of fauna and flora of the Mediterranean seabed such as the Posidonia oceanica better. Posidonia is not a seaweed but an essential plant for the Mediterranean. It is a protected species, produces much of the sea's oxygen, filters and keeps the waters clean and offers shelter to thousands of marine animals in its meadows.

Due to overfishing, pollution, massive coastal construction and even invasive species, the Mediterranean Sea is currently the world's most threatened sea.

The Mediterranean needs help and requires stricter and more immediate conservation measures, legislation to better regulate fishing gear, clean-up programs and prohibition of dumping, expansion of marine reserves and larger dimensions,.... Those and many more, could be the solutions to preserve the Mediterranean.

Meet the inhabitants

Crossbow Fish

Listen to the sounds that triggerfish make during feeding time. They have a strong jaw with teeth adapted to crush and break shells. You can hear them breaking stones or mollusks when it is time to feed.

Seahorses

Everything about these fantastic animals is surprising. Many oddities make these little animals unique, such as the fact that the male is the one who carries the eggs until the juveniles are born. Therefore, we talk about "pregnant dads" here. All our seahorses have been born at Palma Aquarium!

Octopus

Get to know the octopuses, with their eight tentacles, three hearts and nine brains, better. Everyday, they demonstrate their intelligence and surprise with their movements. Come and see how our expert guides interact and play with them.

Who lives in the Mediterranean?

Tropical Seas

Europe's largest coral exhibition

Coral reefs are delicate ecosystems for countless marine species. In Palma Aquarium you will be able to see a representation of the largest tropical oceanic ecosystems in the world (Indian, Atlantic and Pacific).

With more than 70 different species, the aquarium of the Balearic Islands houses the largest collection of living corals in Europe. In addition, many of the corals' specimens have been born in the aquarium itself. Due to the complexity of coral reproduction, especially if it is done in a controlled artificial environment, this is totally unique.

Life and color

The activity in the coral reefs can be compared to the bustle of a big city forming an ecosystem in which each species has its role to find balance.

In this part of the tour, the tropical ecosystems of the Indian, Pacific and Atlantic oceans are represented. Everything becomes colorful and particularily the corals compete for the prize for the best costume. Turquoise blue, canary yellow, passion red and orange triumph are everywhere and can be found in species such as surgeonfish, clownfish, pufferfish or anemones (first cousins of corals).

From corals to clownfish, join us for exciting stories told by our ocean experts.

Meet the inhabitants

Butterfly Fish

Find the Butterflyfish, the best ally of the coral reefs. It eliminates anemones and other pests that damage corals.

Napoleon Fish

Watch our Napoleon fish sleep in their little coves. They usually sleep in the same place!

Cleaning Wash

This small fish is in charge of cleaning and deworming other fish inside the coral areas. They are real cleaning professionals and when one does a good job, they may even have a line of "customers" waiting for their turn.

Take a closer look at the tropics

Gardens

Bask in the beautiful sunshine

Enjoy a classic Majorcan garden outside with our sea turtles, also basking in the sunshine.
Soak up the beauty in our outside space and join the buzzing worlds of our resident sea turtles, stingrays and Koi fish.

Discover nature

Enter the bustling worlds of our resident sea turtles, stingrays and Koi fish in our spacious Mediterranean gardens.

Take some time to enjoy the sunshine and the shade of cypress, carob and olive trees.

Meet us in the playground, where you can visit a shipwreck, join a treasure hunt and meet our entertainment team.

Meet the locals

Ray

The self-defense expert! Rays have a long, serrated stinger at the base of the tail, used for self defense and particularly toxic. It is capable of causing serious injury.

Koi

According to ancient Chinese legend, Koi fish that managed to swim upstream and climb the waterfall,  turned into dragons as a reward for their efforts.

Tortuga Carey

Reach sexual maturity between the ages of 20 and 40 and mating occurs every two to three years, generally laying a huge 90 to 140 eggs.

Who lives here

Whales

Be immersed in their world

This break-through interactive encounter gives a deeper understanding and connection with Humpback whales, also known as the 'gentle giants' of the ocean.

Engage with their world and get closer to their behaviors, migratory routes and bonds between mother and calf.

Observe and discover

Big as a school bus, and weighting 40 tons, humpback whales are the gentle giants of the ocean.
Make your connection with these magnificent creatures in a superb 3D multi-sensory experience.

Be surrounded by their enchanting songs, in the only immersive ocean experience in Europe.

Did you know?

Migration

Every autumn, humpback whales leave Alaska where they have been feeding for months and travel 3,000 miles to the warm waters of Hawaii where they mate and give birth to their young.

Photo identification

The whales' tails have unique marks, scars and patterns. As with our fingerprints, these marks can be used for individual identification of the whales.

Whale babies

Whale pregnancy lasts 11 months, the calf that is about 4 meters long and stays with its mother for its first year of life. Breastfed babies need around 500 liters of breast milk.

Jungle

An outdoor adventure!

Let the sound, exotic vegetation and smells immerse you in a wild environment.
The jungle allows you to interact with nature and includes an exciting 7m high waterfall.
Meet our Amazonian piranhas and the prehistoric-looking snapping turtle with alligator.

A walk on the wild side

Palma Aquarium is a journey of discovery.

Feel the soft jungle floor beneath your feet, the humid air and listen to the waterfall.

This microclimate is a perfect enclosure for our jungle life.

Meet the locals

Alligator

Largely solitary creatures, alligators' bodies are covered with a large and strong armour of scales. It uses its long jaws with very sharp teeth to catch fish and crustaceans.

Red Devil

The protruding head of the Red Devil is a distinctive feature of the males. These fish form monogamous pairs, with both father and mother caring for the eggs and rearing the young.

Softshell turtle

In an extraordinary evolutionary move, this turtle has evolved a flexible shell to avoid being trapped in habitats cluttered with branches and trunks.

Who lives here?

Big Blue

The kingdom of Sharks

In the Great Blue you can learn about species that are at the top of the foo chain. It is an impressive space due to its dimensions as we as the beauty of the species that live there. It is one of the deepest and biggest shark tanks in Europe.

It contains more than 3.5 M of salt water where species such as the Sandbar shark and the Sand tiger shark, as well as many other varieties of animal species live.

Discover the immensity of the ocean

To be able to see a shark up close and notice details such as its strong jaw, its gaze and its robust body is an impressive experience. Although it is one of the most important predators in the oceans, it is actually a stigmatised species in film and literature that rarely attacks humans, basically because we are not part of its diet.

The different sharks live in total harmony with other animal species, dispelling their myth of being a dangerous species. Every day, visitors to Palma Aquarium can see our divers feeding them in total tranquillity alongside other species such as rays, corvinas, groupers, amberjacks and remoras.

The sensation of being part of this natural scene is total, not only because of the large dimensions of the Big Blue. The reflection of the natural openings of the sunlight and the wandering sharks radiate a true sense of the depths of the ocean.

Meet the locals

Sharks

The sharks at Palma Aquarium recognize our divers! Watch sharks and divers interact and play together .

Grouper fish

Our groupers like to be caressed. That's how we wormed them!

Big blue

With more than 1000 animals in our big blue, we had to teach animals to eat in different areas of the marine enclosure.  This way, everyone can eat in peace!

Who lives here

Jellyfish

A space to relax

The area dedicated to jellyfish is one of the most relaxing of our facilities. Designed for disconnection from the earthly world and contemplation, it allows the visitor to sit and admire the hypnotic movement of the jellyfish.

The design of these tanks offers a special illumination with different types of colours that highlight the peculiar movement of this millenary species, as close to us as it is unknown.

One of the most ancient creatures in the world

Jellyfish are one of the world's oldest living creatures, with evidence of their existence dating back 700 million years.

Jellyfish blend in well with their environment, as their bodies lack identifying features such as bones or eyes. They are about 98% water and have tentacles covered with tiny stinging cells, used to capture prey.

Unlike other marine animals, which are threatened by global warming, jellyfish are less affected by rising temperatures, pH levels and overfishing.

At Palma Aquarium we can find jellyfish such as the Aurelia Aurita, one of the most common species in the Mediterranean Sea that you can see up close with us.