Tactile tank

We continue towards the tactile pool that allows the visitor to caress the rays, to experience the emotion of direct contact with these animals, learning to have some attention for their well-being, gently caressing them only on the back, avoiding the eyes and the spiracles.

The tank has two different sandy bottoms to allow visitors to admire the camouflage capabilities of these animals. Watch how they change color based on the seabed! Some ray (Raja sp.) and turbot (Bothus podas) specimens swim in this tank and visitors can pet them. The ray is a cartilaginous fish belonging to the selachian family, which also includes sharks and manta rays. It is characterized by the flattened dorso-ventral shape. It lives on the sandy bottoms with which it can easily blend in thanks to the flat shape which allows it to hide under the sandy fur and to the speckled livery which recalls the colors of the seabed.

The sand flounder is a fish of the Bothidae family characterized by the flattened shape and the movement of the eyes that occurs independently. At birth, the eyes are located on opposite sides of the body. After a certain period, the right eye migrates to the dorsal part of the body

On the bottom of this tank there is also a net made of a biodegradable thermoplastic biopolymer, which allows the oceanic Posidonia to take root: it is a project promoted by ASA spa which, in addition to the aquarium, involves the University of Pisa, the of Civil and Industrial Engineering of the University of Pisa and prof. Francis Cinelli.

We hope that this method can sustainably increase the presence of Posidonia meadows which represent a real lung for the Mediterranean.

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