Did you know there are over 40 species of shark in the western Mediterranean?
In a modern glass and concrete structure alongside the new marina in Málaga you will find the Alborania Museum.
This museum is dedicated to just one small part of the oceans, the Alboran Sea, that is the sea over the tectonic plate beneath the Gibraltar Strait that extends into the Mediterranean. The Alboran is the migratory route taken, or habitat of, a surprising variety of species including Great White Sharks, Great Hammerhead and 46 other shark species, Killer Whales, Sperm Whales and Fin Whales, five species of turtle and four of dolphin. In addition, the museum has a small aquarium and several research projects underway. One fascinates children; it is a Turtle Patio, where turtles recover from various illnesses before being re-introduced to the wild.
The maritime history of the area is covered by displays reflecting the fishing, sailing and maritime traditions. You even have the opportunity to drive a high speed coast guard boat as it investigates a coaster, in virtual reality. A small aquarium gives a glimpse of the rich and varied flora beneath the waves.
Visit the Museo Alborania website for opening times and prices
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Nick has lived and worked in Andalucia for over 20 years. He and his partner, Julie Evans, have travelled extensively and dug deep into the history and culture, producing authoritative articles on all aspects of the region. Nick has written four books about Andalucia and writes articles for other websites and blogs.
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