The Marine Aquarium, Madras


    THE Marine Aquarium at Madras, which has recently been thrown open to the public, deserves notice as it is the first institution of its kind in India, if, indeed, it is not the first in the tropics. It owes its inception to Lord Ampthill, who, while Governor of Madras some four years ago, drew up in conjunction with Mr. Edgar Thurston, superintendent of the Madras Museum, the first rough plan of a public aquarium. The building, a low, unpretentious brick edifice, is situated on the seaward side of the famed Madras Marina, less than a hundred yards from the sea. The main entrance leads into a large paved area with a central fresh-water pond and fountain, and on either side five tanks with plate-glass fronts, lit from above, each measuring 7×3×31/2 feet. The entire seaward side of the central area is occupied by a large open tank, at present stocked with turtles (Chelone midas). On either side of the entrance passage are two rooms designed for committee meetings, for storage of materials, &c., and one of them is at present occupied by the aëration plant.

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    The Marine Aquarium, Madras . Nature 82, 411–412 (1910).

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