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CretAquarium (Thalassocosmos)- Public Aquarium - III
by Babis Tsokas

In the middle of February I had to visit Crete on a business trip so I decided to prolong my stay there for a couple of days in order to visit Thalassocosmos, something I wanted to do for some time.  This visit was not organized and pretty short but still the impressions I got were very good. We have never had the opportunity to see a decent public aquarium in Greece so this facility deserves our love and attention. Although the main purpose for this public aquarium is to display the Mediterranean fish and invertebrates, the construction itself is very interesting for any hobbyist. All in all, it is a very good opportunity for everyone to learn more about the species which inhabit the sea we all love.

In the following photos you can get a "taste" of what you will see there. However, the experience of this visit is unique and is highly recommended.

Note : Thalassocosmos is a very nice name and it must be the outcome of some serious discussions. Thus, the obvious meaning is "Sea World". However, one more meaning comes out of cosmos is translated from the ancient - and not modern - Greek. In ancient Greek, cosmos means jewelry (hence "cosmetics") so this Public Aquarium may well be named as "Sea Jewelry".

Official page : http://www.hcmr.gr/english_site/aquaria/crete/

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