The shark reigns over the seas. This prehistoric survivor bears certain similarities to its huge reptilian counterpart, notably its teeth. Laid out in a series of row, they can be regenerated just like the colossal lizard’s. In fact, a shark may change its teeth more that a thousands times during its lifetime and still retain that familiar saw-like grimace which, in one location on the Costa del Sol., when we can find swimming above our very heads.
The place in question is the Shark’s Tunnels, one of the main attractions at the Sea Life underwater park. A stroll beneath this glass vault, in the silent company of several species of shark, including the Great White, will bring us to a series of tanks of a more tropical nature. Here, sea horses of the striped, oceanic and tiger tail varieties provide the more colourful spectacle. The unique crustacean known as the nautilus will engage our curiosity with its strange swimming technique: where is its head? How does it manage to propel itself with those tentacles?
The rays will win over all who pause to offer them a morsel of squid, allowing their bellies to be stroked like the most faithful of dogs. And so it goes on. Tank after tank, 35 in all, filled with the most stunning examples of marine life imaginable.
The latest project, Discover Amazonia, showcases the voracious instincts of the piranha and the profile of the aptly-named disc fish, both endemic to this region, the orchard of the planet.
Leisure facilities are also provided in the shape of a theme-based mini golf course and a terrace on which visitors can discuss the marvellous encountered during their visit over a refreshing drink enjoyed in the sunshine of the Costa del Sol while looking out to the Mediterranean Sea, the gateway to a secret existence now on display behind glass at Sea Life
ADDRESS: Puerto Deportivo de Benalmadena, s/n
Winter opening hours: 10:00 – 18:00
Summer opening hours: 10:00 - 00:00