9 of the world's most amazing aquariums
Bringing people face to face with the underwater world.
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A look under the surface of the ocean
A majority of the earth's surface is covered by water, but a majority of its population has never ventured below the waves. To most, the ocean depths seem as otherworldly as Mars or the surface of the Moon. Even scuba enthusiasts, who regularly explore underwater, don't often come in contact with really rare aquatic life.
This is why aquariums are so popular. They offer a chance to visit underwater habitats without getting wet, as well as guarantee that visitors will see some species that are extremely elusive in the wild. By shedding light on hidden habitats, aquariums hope to build understanding and create a concern for the conservation of the world's oceans, seas, lakes and rivers. Here are nine awesome aquariums that bring aquatic creatures and surface dwellers face to face.