The Amazon

Begin your underwater journey in the Amazon and venture through undergrowth where you will come face to face with menacing piranhas, giant pacu and Ziggy, the rescued green iguana.


The Amazon is the largest and most powerful river in the world. It’s vast rainforest supports a diverse range of plant and animal life, with the river itself forming part of the massive Amazon Basin covering an area measuring 2.5 million square miles.

It is fed by over a thousand tributaries and accounts for a fifth of all the water that the world’s rivers pour into the sea.

The source of the river is high up in the mountains of Peru with its mouth in Brazil, making its total length 4,500 miles (6,280 km), earning the title of the second longest river in the world behind the Nile.

The Amazon and its surrounding rainforests may hold up to 90% of all the world’s animal and plant species and produces 10% of medicines used in this country.

Scientists estimate that it is the home of 250 species of mammals, 3,000 freshwater fish, 1,800 birds, 10,000 trees and 70,000 plants species.

There are so many different varieties of insects still being discovered that experts simply don’t know how many there are – some believe it may run into hundreds of thousands.

See all animals in this ecosystem

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The health of our aquarium family, which includes our visitors, staff and animals, is our top priority. In light of the most recent advice from Public Health England and the government, we will be temporarily closing the Oceanarium Bournemouth effective immediately, until further notice.

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