Blue Ocean

Aquarium at Karlsruhe's Nature Museum.

Aquarium at Karlsruhe's Nature Museum.

The Nature Museum in Karlsruhe has a new attraction. Opened this year, the new aquarium offers visitors a spectacular insight into life in our oceans. As a diver, I have experienced tropical oceans first hand from the Caribbean to the Indian Ocean. While an aquarium can never offer the intimacy of being immersed in nature, I have to admit that the aquarium in Karlsruhe comes very close to offering a true ocean experience for those who prefer to keep their feet firmly on dry ground.

The living coral reef is planned to become the largest living coral reef in Germany. With over 240.000 Liters, the aquarium offers a home to a myriad of creatures, from beautiful fluorescent corals to the highlight of the aquarium, a Blacktip Reef Shark.

Aquarium at Karlsruhe's Nature Museum.

Aquarium at Karlsruhe's Nature Museum.

Skeleton of a North Atlantic Right Whale, Karlsruhe Nature Museum.

Skeleton of a North Atlantic Right Whale, Karlsruhe Nature Museum.

There is also an impressive skeleton of a North Atlantic Right Whale. Standing close to the skeleton gives an impression of how large and spectacular this creature is. Surely these animals are worth saving.

We were visiting the aquarium during the KAMUNA event, a yearly event when Karlruhe's museums open their doors until 1 a.m. For a minimal fee, visitors can enjoy all of Karlsruhe's museums, experience special events and programs, and relax in a festival-like atmosphere that engulfs the inner city.

Light trap. Karlsruhe Nature Museum.

Light trap. Karlsruhe Nature Museum.

One of the events was a light trap organized by the Entomological Section of Karlsruhe's Nature Museum. At the light trap, we were fascinated to see the myriad of moth species attracted to the UV light. A spectacular peek into life that usually goes unnoticed.

Read more about the aquarium at Karlsruhe's Nature Museum here.