The Aquarium was built in 1966 by Captain Francisco Ospina Navia, who was engaged in the commercial fishing of sharks. It has a collection of marine fauna, exhibited in 13 tanks and 15 glass aquariums, more than 100 species and 900 specimens including invertebrates and marine vertebrates including fish, birds, reptiles and mammals. It also has Tayrona Museum.
Visit: Rodadero Sea Aquarium and Museum, Santa Marta, Santa Marta District, Magdalena DepartmentThe Rodadero Sea Aquarium and Museum is a public aquarium and a maritime museum located in the Inca Inca cove in front of El Rodadero beach in Santa Marta, in northern Colombia. It was opened in 1965 by Captain Francisco Ospina Navia. The aquarium is part of the National Network of Museums of Colombia and part of ACOPAZOA, the Colombian subsidiary of the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums. Accessible mainly by boat, the aquarium has 13 swimming pools with direct connection to the Caribbean Sea, and 15 glass aquariums containing more than 805 animals including sharks, sea turtles, dolphins, sea lions, crustaceans, fish and seabirds. 98% of which are native to the area. The aquarium also contains a museum section that displays dissected specimens and nautical equipment, as well as an exhibition that focuses on the pre-Columbian culture of the Taironas and its connection to the sea.