Taraporevala Aquarium

Location: Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Road, Marine Drive, near Charni Road, Railway Station, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400002.

Taraporewala Aquarium or Taraporevala Aquarium is India’s oldest aquarium and one of Mumbai’s main attractions. It hosts marine and freshwater fish. The aquarium hosts 2,000 fish across over 400 species. Fish from overseas were introduced at the new aquarium. The number of new varieties of 70 marine fish included Helicopter, Arowana, Grouper, yellow-striped tang, bluespotted stingray, sea stars etc., The 40 new varieties of freshwater fish include Red Devil, Jaguar, Electric Blue, Jack Dempsey, Frontosa and Catfish. The aquarium continues to support sharks, turtles, rays, moray eels, sea turtles, small starfish and stingrays.

The aquarium is maintained by the Department of Fisheries. The aquarium’s 16 seawater tanks and 9 freshwater tanks host 31 types of fish, while 32 tropical tanks contains 54 kinds of fish. The tropical section of the aquarium features ecosystems such as the “moss aquarium” for pregnant fish, “plantation aquarium” that features imported varieties of water lilies and other aquatic plants and “island aquarium”.