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THE MARINE HABITAT AT ATLANTIS, PARADISE ISLAND OFFERS AN
EDUCATIONAL ENCOUNTER WITH THE WONDERS OF THE WORLD’S SEA LIFE
WORLD’S LARGEST OPEN-AIR MARINE HABITAT BRINGS GUESTS INTO INTIMATE
CONTACT WITH SHARKS, RAYS, PIRANHA AND 50,000 OTHER MARINE ANIMALS
From its opening day in 1994, the Atlantis, Paradise Island Resort in the Bahamas has taken very
seriously its duty to care for the marine animals that inhabit the resort’s expansive waterscape. The
Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA) publicly recognized this high standard of care on March 27, 2007,
when Atlantis was granted the prestigious accreditation by AZA’s independent Accreditation Commission.
Before landing in Nassau and getting their first look at the Paradise Island resort and casino, vacationers
may not realize they’ll have the opportunity to explore an extraordinary collection of exhibit lagoons,
pools, coral formations—as well as underwater ruins designed to showcasing exotic marine life ranging
from sharks, rays and barracuda, to piranha, eels and multitudes of tropical fish. The Caribbean resort
offers vacationers access to 14 lagoons with eight million gallons of salt water – home to more than
50,000 aquatic animals and over 250 marine species.
The heart and soul of Atlantis Paradise Island’s oceanic exhibit is the Marine Animal Specialist team who
tend to the daily needs of the aquatic animals. Atlantis Paradise Island’s Marine Animal team has over 63
full-time professionals on staff including Aquarists, Divers, Lab Managers, Food Technicians, Curators, and
Mechanics. Several Marine Animal team members have cross trained at other facilities like the Shedd
Aquarium (Chicago, IL), Monterey Bay Aquarium (California), Sea World (Orlando) and Epcot Living Seas.
Paradise Island’s Marine Animal team has welcomed countless births into the Atlantis’ Aquatic Habitat,
including, in 1997, the first-ever births in a manmade environment of Black-Nose and Caribbean Reef
Sharks. Atlantis Paradise Island’s Habitat has been hailed by shark experts and other marine scientists
for its overwhelming success in creating a healthy, thriving natural environment for an astonishing
variety of the aquatic life—while at the same time, providing valuable interaction for the resort’s guests.
Vacationers enjoying Atlantis, Paradise Island are invited to explore the marine habitat on their own or
on a guided tour with a Navigator, who can share interesting facts on the mythical elements of Atlantis,