Home to 65,000 sea creatures, at the Atlantis The Palm hotel in Dubai – The New Indian Express

Express News Service

A curious child stands in front of the floor-to-ceiling glass separators, peering straight into the large blue fiberglass enclosure. An intimidating whitetip shark swims right past her and she instinctively takes a step back. But within minutes she is lured closer by a school of anemones – blinding orange with electricity
blue stripes. Every once in a while, a manta ray puts on a show: it turns to show its gills on the underside. You would think this was a scene from an aquarium. Surprisingly, this is a scene from a hotel lobby; one aptly named: Atlantis, The Palm, Dubai.

What draws visitors here are the residents – 65,000 marine animals – dolphins, sea lions, moon jellies, lobsters, blue damsels, eagle rays, groupers, a variety of sharks, and more. live in this hotel. A battery of staff – marine biologists, aquarists, veterinarians, divers, etc. – look after the gills and fins.
Like any major city, Atlantis has its own high-tech hospital. Visitors can sign up for a behind-the-scenes tour of the Fish Hospital. It is equipped with waterproof ultrasound facilities, pathology laboratory, water analysis laboratory, portable X-ray machines, giant scales, etc. The ichthyologists (marine biologists who study fish) and aquarists work together on the principle that “prevention is better than cure, therefore, the diet of closely monitored these residents.

An aquarist guide leads the tour and explains that the fish are only fed ‘restaurant-grade food’. That means the food is tested for quality before serving the residents. And these residents are quite hungry: more than 450 kg of food is consumed every day, much of which is flown in from other parts of the world. On the menu are shrimp, squid, anchovies and a variety of other small fish. What about garnish? Unexpectedly, fish love garlic. Add a little romaine lettuce (also on the menu) and it’s a seafood salad!
What’s the first thing you do when you go to a doctor’s clinic? You step on the scale. But how do you get a dolphin on a scale? Dolphin intelligence has been studied since the 1950s by researchers such as John Lilly, who investigated the vocalization skills of bottlenose dolphins. Research by Herman et al. in the 1980s showed that dolphins can understand sentences and follow verbal commands. Watch this play out before an aquarist orders a dolphin to step on a scale at the edge of the pool.

Last year, Atlantis partnered with the UAE Dolphin Project to collect critical data to support the study of the local dolphin population. A combined team has invested nearly 300 hours and conducted 60 boat surveys over nearly 5,000 km. This resulted in over 11,000 images being collected.
Visitors to the tour are also led to a fully equipped pathology lab, which conducts regular scat tests.
These scat tests provide invaluable clues into the fish’s gut microbiota. Their gut, similar to that of humans, plays a vital role in several physiological functions. Based on the tests, a sick marine animal may be given antibiotics, a change in diet, and close supervision by an aquarist.

A detailed history is achieved when an aquarist closely monitors the fish for signs of lethargy, loss of appetite, skin discoloration, etc. A thorough water analysis picks up any early signs of illness that could spread from one to the other, causing pandemics are prevented. A large number of the admitted patients are eggs, as the hospital often witnesses births. It’s not uncommon for divers to find eggs that they take to hospital safety. An optimal environment and 24-hour care are provided to ensure a healthy offspring. In the case of species such as the near-threatened local Arabian carpet shark, this has resulted in excellent breeding programs. Once a healthy baby shark is born and strong enough to fend off predators, it is released into local waters.

Did you know that stingrays are ferociously independent? A baby can take care of itself once it enters the world. Did you know that jellyfish don’t have a brain or heart? They have a basic set of nerves at the base of their tentacles that perform the vital functions necessary to keep them alive. These peculiar creatures predate the dinosaurs. Does the lack of a heart (and brain) have anything to do with their survival? The tour guide has no answer to this!

Seahorses are the love birds of the sea
Seahorses are romantic creatures and you can often see them with their tails intertwined when they are in the throes of love. They were once thought to mate for life, but more recent research shows that this may not be the case; long separations or the declining health of the man often leads to a breakup.

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